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Saturday 20 January 2018

Frankie Dettori rides first winner for new boss

Frankie Dettori poses at Sandown racecourse on July 25, 2013 in Esher, England.
Frankie Dettori poses at Sandown racecourse on July 25, 2013 in Esher, England.

Tom Peacock

Frankie Dettori rode his first winner for new employer Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani aboard smart newcomer Shamshon at Sandown.

The Italian will don the grey and maroon silks whenever he can, and had already put Richard Hannon's juvenile through his paces.

Sent off the 8-11 favourite for the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes, the Invincible Spirit colt eventually zipped six lengths clear down the five-furlong chute.

"It's nice to get the first one," said Dettori. "I rode him about a fortnight ago and I thought he was one of the nicer horses.

"Richard had entered him in a few places but I couldn't ride him. Hopefully he'll go on to better things."

Debdebdeb (11-4) delivered an encouraging staying performance over a mile and three-quarters in the Weatherbys VAT Services Handicap.

Andrew Balding's filly had to work extremely hard to pass the 5-2 favourite Lady Pimpernel, who would not relinquish her advantage until inside the final furlong as David Probert finally wore her down and won by two lengths.

"She's very consistent and still seems to be improving," said Balding.

"I think we'll try to target the Melrose Stakes now. York would suit her down to the ground."

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