Dettori guides Colour Vision to victory
RACING:ANYONE DOUBTING Frankie Dettori’s appetite for more big-race glory were left in no doubt of the Italian’s hunger as he gave Colour Vision a power-packed ride to lift the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot yesterday.
In doing so the pair saw off fellow Godolphin runner Opinion Poll, ridden by rising star Mickael Barzalona, and survived a stewards’ inquiry after the two horses came close together in the finish.
Dettori had to choose between Colour Vision and Opinion Poll earlier this week and many saw it as a surprise when he sided with Saeed bin Suroor’s charge.
Dettori settled the 6-1 chance on the heels of the leaders for much of the two-and-a-half-mile journey and quickened up well in the straight to take the lead.
Opinion Poll came from further back with a big challenge, but former Mark Johnston inmate Colour Vision held on by half a length. Although the stewards immediately called an inquiry, the placings remained unaltered.
The hot favourite for the Group One feature was last year’s winner Fame And Glory. But while Aidan O’Brien’s odds-on shot travelled nicely into the straight, he could not pick up from further back and was ultimately well beaten.
A further neck away from the Godolphin duo in third was the John Oxx-trained Saddler’s Rock.
O’Brien reported Fame And Glory to have returned unscathed following his eclipse and offered no excuse for his defeat.
Princess Highway is set to tackle the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh after emulating her dam Irresistible Jewel in storming to victory in the Ribblesdale Stakes.
Dermot Weld saddled the latter to win the Group Two event 10 years ago in the hands of Pat Smullen for Moyglare Stud, and the same team struck gold once again with Princess Highway.
Investec Oaks second Shirocco Star set out to make all under Darryll Holland, getting a few on the stretch turning in after a canny ride, but Smullen was happy to work his way into contention and Princess Highway could be spotted travelling well from some way out.
Shirocco Star started to toil at the top of the straight as Smullen cruised down the outside and swept into the lead with two furlongs to go. The 17-2 chance quickly pulled clear and won by six lengths over 5-2 favourite The Fugue, who kept on to steal second place on the line.
Shirocco Star was a further short head back in third, but the Queen’s Momentary never got in a blow under Hayley Turner. A clue to Princess Highway’s chance was lurking in the form book. She had Epsom heroine Was back in third as she won at Naas last time out.