Hat Trick For Frankie at Royal Ascot
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2001 4:35 PM
Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 1:56 PM
Photo: AP/Richard Lewis
Queen Elizabeth II was among those on hand at Royal Ascot Wednesday.
Flamboyant jockey Frankie Dettori was in the spotlight at Royal Ascot on Wednesday, with his three victories including the featured Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-I) aboard Godolphin's Fantastic Light.
Dettori and Fantastic Light, a Kentucky-bred son of Rahy, raced in sixth position and appeared to lack running room when he was taken to the outside and strode to the front, posting a 2 1/2-length triumph over Kalanisi, the Breeders' Cup Turf winner sent off as t he 2-1 favorite. Fantastic Light completed the 1 1/4 miles over turf rated good to firm in 2:04.4. The victory was the second in a row by Fantastic Light over Kalanisi. At Ireland's Curragh on May 27, Fantastic Light won the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-I) be a neck over Golden Snake, with Kalanisi third.
Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, Fantastic Light has now won 10 of his 22 career starts, with seven placings.
Dettori was also victorious aboard Surprise Encounter to win the Royal Hunt Cup and accounted for the Chesham Stakes with Seba.
Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien continued his winning ways at Ascot, saddling Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's Mozart to win the Jersey Stakes (Eng-III) over Aldebaran, a son of Mr. Prospector--Chimes of Freedom. The O'Brien-Tabor-Magnier trio almost scored a double, but came up short when Sophisticat (by Storm Cat--Serena's Song) fell a neck short of Queen's Logic in the Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-I). More, Sporting Life
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