Dettori cool as Baitha Alga lands Norfolk
Frankie Dettori is now just one short of his half-century of Royal Ascot wins, after he produced a cool ride on Baitha Alga to impressively win the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes on day three of the Royal meeting.
The son of Fast Company came into the race off the back of a comprehensive victory in the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom on Derby Day, and his proven six furlong form may have be a decisive factor in his victory at Ascot.
Positioned in midfield off a furious pace set by Mukhmal under Paul Hanagan, the Richard Hannon trained colt showed a dominant turn of foot in the final furlong to settle matters and passed the post a length and a half clear from Mind Of Madness.
Mukhmal’s challenge folded tamely in the final two furlongs and despite things looking promising for the odds on favourite The Great War having hit the front a furlong from home, he disappointed as he passed the post a well-beaten fifth.
Baitha Alga’s win provided Frankie Dettori with his second win of the meeting, having guided The Wow Signal to victory in the Coventry Stakes on the opening day.
Harry Herbert, racing manager for Sheikh Joaan Al Thani’s Al Shaqab Racing operation, said: “This is the theatre of dreams.
“He travelled so well – to win a Woodcote and to come back so quickly and win a Norfolk – Frankie won as he pleased. He’s very exciting. It’s another big day.”
By Joseph Smyth / Photo: EMPICS Sport
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