FRANKIE Dettori recorded an 87/1 treble on day one of Royal Ascot and his 59th victory overall at the Royal Meeting, where he is the leading jockey after day one. It followed the impressive success of 8/1 shot Monarchs Glen, trained by John Gosden, also landing a treble on the day, in the concluding Listed Wolferton Stakes. Dettori, who scored aboard Calyx in the Group Two Coventry Stakes and Without Parole in the Group One St James’s Palace Stakes
, was delighted to register his third winner of the day.
Monarchs Glen was having his first run in Britain since disappointing in the Dubai Turf at Meydan in March and ran on strongly on the far rail to score by a length.
Dettori said: “I took a chance by going on the inside rail and it worked out – I didn’t expect Monarchs Glen to win. It opened up really nicely on the rail and I got a clear run through. When I got to the front, I was half shaking my head thinking I can’t believe this has happened to me – it’s a fantastic day.
“Three rides, three winners at Ascot is special. I missed the meeting last year and I’m making up for it here. To have three winners in a week is amazing, but to have three winners in one day at Royal Ascot is unbelievable. I love Ascot. It has been so lucky for me and it’s been a great team effort. John Gosden is on fire. When the outsider even wins, you know you’ve had a good day.
“I have some great rides still to come – I didn’t expect three today and I’m looking forward to riding Cracksman on Tuesday.”
Dettori also picked up a seven-day ban for whip use above the permitted level from two furlongs aboard Without Parole in the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes and was fined £4,300.
Dettori has been the QIPCO Royal Ascot Top Jockey five times (1997, 1998, 1999, 2003 & 2004), with his best total being seven winners in 1998. Punters looking for horse racing betting tips
are best advised to look at his Royal Ascot rides for the rest of the week. They include Stradivarius, who goes for the Ascot Gold Cup on Thursday.
Meanwhile, on Friday the winners of the English, Irish and French versions of the 1000 Guineas feature among a compelling final field of 13 for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday. Billesdon Brook, who sprung a 66/1 shock in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, will meet Alpha Centauri, who landed the Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh, plus Teppal, who preserved her unbeaten record when scooping the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches at Longchamp.
The Classic-winning trio present a tricky puzzle for racing fans trying to identify who will come out on top but Sean Levey, the regular rider of Billesdon Brook, who is trained by Richard Hannon and has been supplemented for the mile feature, believes his mount’s credentials are the strongest.
“It’s going to be very exciting with three Guineas’ winners in the race but as far as I’m concerned the English Guineas – both the 2000 and 1000 – has always been the best form going forwards and so I’m not too worried how the Irish and French races panned out,” he said.
“She’s got plenty of experience, she’s fit and she looks great. Touch wood, she’s always been a sound, straightforward filly and there have been no hiccups since Newmarket. She’s 100 per cent.”