Olympic grabs Glory in the Lockinge
Olympic Glory gave Frankie Dettori a day to remember at Newbury, running out a comfortable winner of the JLT Lockinge Stakes and giving the enigmatic Italian a landmark 100th Group 1 victory of his illustrious career.
Sent off a warm 11/8 favourite, backers were never in any danger as Richard Hannon’s charge tracked a decent pace set by stablemate Montiridge, before hitting the front at the 2 pole and easing clear to beat last month’s bet365 Mile winner Tullius by 2 1/4 lengths, with Aidan O’Brien’s American import Verrazano back in third.
“All the way I’m thinking to myself ‘There’s no pace, this is going to be complicated’, but it was just as easy as riding work, a delighted Dettori said after enjoying his fourth Lockinge win.
“He goes on any ground, he’s uncomplicated, he’s a jockeys’ dream. I’ll be surprised if he’s not champion miler again,” was the Italian’s assessment.
“I’d been stuck on 199 for about two years, so this is brilliant. A great achievement.
“I was on by far the best horse. I knew he had a good kick and that’s what he did – he put the race to bed straight away.
“He’s so versatile. He goes on anything. The ground with him is not an issue and that makes everybody’s life easy.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
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