Goodwood May Festival: Dettori rewarded for 200 Goodwood winners - and wins Cocked Hat Stakes

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Frankie Dettori has joined Goodwood's 200 Club - and won the big race on day two of the track's May Festival.

The popular Italian rode his first UK winner at the West Sussex track - Lizzy Hare - in June 1987, and a double at day four of Glorious Goodwood last year were his 198th and 199th winners at the track.

Goodwood clerk of the course Ed Arkell presents Frankie Dettori with a framed picture of one of his wins to mark him reaching 200 course victories / Picture by Sam Stephenson for Goodwood Racecourse

Goodwood clerk of the course Ed Arkell presents Frankie Dettori with a framed picture of one of his wins to mark him reaching 200 course victories / Picture by Sam Stephenson for Goodwood Racecourse

He didn't win any more races over the remainder of last season but yesterday, on the first day of the May Festival, that he triumphed on 2/1 favourite Terebellum in the British European Breeders Fund EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Today Goodwood clerk of the course Ed Arkell presented Dettori with a framed photo of one of his Goodwood victories and the crowd gave him a warm round of applause for the remarkable milestone. He's thought to be only the second jockey to reach that number of winners on the South Downs.

Asked which was the most memorable of the 200, he said that first win 32 years ago still stuck in his memory now. Some 70 of those 200 triumphs have come during Glorious week down the decades.

Dettori was back in the winner's enclosure just half an hour later after taking Goodwood's day two highlight, the listed Cocked Hat Stakes, a 1m 3f race for three-year-old colts and geldings, on the favourite, the John Gosden-trained 11/10 shot Private Secretary.

Frankie Dettori on Private Secretary, nearest the camera, on his way to winning the Cocked Hat Stakes / Picture by Sam Stephenson for Goodwood Racecourse

Frankie Dettori on Private Secretary, nearest the camera, on his way to winning the Cocked Hat Stakes / Picture by Sam Stephenson for Goodwood Racecourse

He left it very late - having been at the back of the field early on, he still had it all to do two furlongs out and looked comfortable only in the very last stages. It was the horse's third win of the season. He is now set to reappear at Royal Ascot in just under a month's time, where the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes is his likely destination.

Private Secretary had an entry in next week's Derby but will sidestep the Epsom showpiece. The 20/1 shot Spanish Mission was second with Jamie Spencer on board.

Dettori said: "I had a bad draw so I had to sit last, but I was further out of my ground than I wanted to be. He showed a good turn of foot and won well.

"He loved that ground and is maturing; he'll be a good King Edward horse next month. A mile and a half is ideal and he's learning all the time, while that turn of foot is a good weapon to have."

Day two of the May Festival began with the Thames Materials Muck Away EBF Novice Auction Stakes, taken with a late charge by Jamie Spencer on the James Tate-trained Dream Shot (7/2), leaving long-time leader Spanish Angel second by a neck. It was obviously going to be a day for Spanish seconds.

The Thames Materials Recycled/Primary Aggregates Handicap needed a photo to confirm La Maquina a 6/1 winner ahead of Wufud. Nicola Currie was on board the winner for trainer George Baker.

The Thames Materials Land Restoration Fillies' Handicap was claimed by Harry Bentley on the 9/4 favourite Desirous, for Ralph Beckett, the trainer enjoying May Festival success for the second day running.

There was success for seasoned Goodwood duo Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning in the Thames Materials Bulk Excavations Handicap Stakes as Lake Volta as the 3/1 favourite ahead of 11/2 Richard Hughes-trained Puds.

The thamesmaterials.com Handicap gave jockey Bentley his second success of the afternoon as he guided the Sussex-based Age of Wisdom, trained by Gary Moore, to a 10/1 victory, beating Knight Crusader by a length.

The day's final race, the Thames Materials Charity Golf Day Handicap, brought another win for Murphy with All Back To Mine (6/1), trained by Joseph Tuite.

Dream Shot, Desirous, Private Secretary and All Back To Mine were all tipped on our website on the morning of racing

The action on the track was again complemented by a food festival.

Goodwood's May Festival concludes on Saturday with two listed races, the Tapster Stakes and the Festival Stakes the highlights of a strong seven-race card. You can pay on the day - see www.goodwood.com for details.

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