RACING: Glory for Dettori at Newbury

Frankie Dettori celebrates with Olympic Glory

Frankie Dettori celebrates with Olympic Glory

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FRANKIE Dettori claimed a fourth JLT Lockinge Stakes as he guided Wiltshire-trained Olympic Glory to an impressive success at Newbury.

Given a patient ride with Montiridge and Top Notch Tonto racing prominently, Dettori produced the Richard Hannon-trained colt to perfection widest of the runners over a furlong out.

The response was immediate when Dettori asked him to quicken and he soon went clear.

Tullius ran a fine race in second to finish two and a quarter lengths away, as did Verrazano who ran on well for third on his first start for Aidan O'Brien.

Dettori said: "I was thinking there'd be no pace and it would be complicated, but it was just as easy as riding work.

"He quickened like true champion. His form is rock-solid and he goes on any ground.

"He's a great ride, has a great kick and is a jockey's dream.

"I'll be surprised if he's not champion miler again."

Winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Qipco British Champions Day, the Sheikh Joaan Al Thai-owned Olympic Glory had last been seen finishing ninth of 10 to American superstar Wise Dan in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Hannon said: "I felt some pressure today, after the disappointment of the Breeders' Cup.

"He doesn't need soft ground, but he goes on a softer surface as well which is very encouraging.

"Frankie must be delighted, he gets on very well with the horse.

"He did it comfortably and we'll look at Royal Ascot, the Sussex, the Jacques le Marois and we'll pick and choose.

"He's in the Queen Anne and the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, and Toronado is in there as well. We'll just have to wait and see.

"We can't keep the two horses apart forever, so they will meet on the track one day.

"This horse likes it softer, while Toronado is a fast-ground horse and has more speed. Maybe they won't meet at Ascot, but it might be the Sussex or the QEII and it will be up to the Sheikh.

"These horses don't come along very often and it's nice to run and enjoy them."

Betfred went 4-1 from 8-1 for the Queen Anne, while Paddy Power were less impressed in going 5-1 from 7-1.

Jeremy Gask's Medicean Man was withdrawn at the start as Lucky Nine successfully defended his crown in the KrisFlyer International Sprint at Kranji.

Medicean Man, trained by Gask at Sutton Veny, was considered a major contender having run a fantastic race to finish fourth in the Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan, but he lost a shoe on the way to the start and did not line up in the Group One contest.

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