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Dettori shines aboard Poet's Voice

ESPN staff
September 25, 2010
Frankie Dettori sensed victory as he and Poet's Voice chased down Rip Van Winkle © PA Photos

Poet's Voice showed class and courage to claim victory by a nose in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes as favourite Makfi disappointed at the Ascot Festival.

On the 14th anniversary of his Magnificent Seven, Frankie Dettori capped a fine day with a well-timed surge up the home straight.

Dettori sensed victory and persuaded Poet's Voice to overhaul Rip Van Winkle, and celebrated the win even before the result of the photo finish had been confirmed. Red Jazz was an impressive third as overwhelming favourite Makfi never found a way into the race.

"I really can't believe I won the two big races today," Dettori said. "It has been a long time and I'm full of emotions."

Dettori claimed his first win of the afternoon as White Moonstone maintained her unbeaten record to win by a neck in the Fillies' Mile. The Italian jockey steered the Godolphin filly into the lead with a furlong to go, and she did just enough to take the victory.

"I don't think she ran as good as Doncaster, it was only two weeks ago," Dettori said. "She was a bit fresh in the paddock and the turn of foot was not as good as Doncaster. I think the race came a bit quick. Now we will put her away for the winter. Winning like that was still very pleasing."

Dettori claimed his second win of the afternoon aboard Redford in the Challenge Cup Heritage Handicap and he made it four for the day when driving Mark Johnston's Rainfall to victory in the Listed Miles & Morrison October Stakes

Frankel produced a dominant performance to storm to victory in the Royal Lodge Stakes.

In a slow-run race, Henry Cecil's colt was at the back with three furlong to go, but blew away his rivals with a sharp burst of pace to romp to a ten-length victory from Klammer. Jockey Tom Queally steered the 1/3 favourite over the line for his third win in as many outings.

"He was very impressive," Cecil said. "They didn't go very fast which would not suit him. He settled very well.

"He's been improving and ticking all the right boxes. It's just what happens on the day. The last two months he has just improved and improved. He has a lot of talent."

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