DETTORI BAGS SEVEN WINS AT ASCOT

DETTORI BAGS SEVEN WINS AT ASCOT

It might be nearly 23 years since he pulled off the Magnificent Seven, but Frankie Dettori is as much of a global superstar now than he was then, and racing’s greatest showman once again delighted his audience with a breath-taking performance on the biggest stage.

He was crowned leading rider with seven wins across the week, while he claimed the first four races – including the Group 1 Gold Cup (2m4f) aboard Stradivarius on Thursday, turning Ascot, so often a bastion of tranquility, into a frenzied amphitheatre.

His fifth ride of the day – the John Gosden-trained Turgenev – was collared close home in the Britannia Stakes, but the sense of anticipation when he strode three lengths clear approaching the two-furlong marker was something rarely experienced at the royal meeting.

He might be 48, but racing needs Frankie and, judging by his passionate celebrations and clinical precision across the course of the five days, Frankie needs racing – particularly Ascot – too.

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