Richard Hughes might be retiring at the end of Glorious Goodwood but that thought could not be further from Frankie Dettori’s mind as he racked up another Group-race success in the Qatar Vintage Stakes on Galileo Gold.
Having won the Derby, the Eclipse, the French Oaks and the Diamond Jubilee already this season, the Italian is enjoying a real Indian summer to his career.
This success will have meant more than most, though, as the Hugo Palmer-trained juvenile was running in the Al Shaqab silks of Dettori’s boss, Sheikh Joaan, for the first time.
Drawn widest of all, Dettori bided his time until a gap appeared and the Paco Boy colt quickened smartly to beat Ibn Malik by three-quarters of a length, earning a general quote of 33-1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas.
‘I got a good run through on the inside, he was very brave and quickened up very well,’ said Dettori after the 9-2 success.
‘It’s the first runner of the meeting for us (Al Shaqab Racing), we’ve started off with a winner and my boss (Sheikh Joaan) was here.’
The owner’s racing manager, Harry Herbert, said: ‘It’s so exciting.
‘Sheikh Joaan has just arrived to see the race and see Goodwood in all its glory.He is sponsoring the meeting this year – it’s a dream start.’
On future plans, Herbert said: ‘I’ve spoken to Hugo, who is on his honeymoon and can’t be here, but looking at the horse we must preserve him for the future.
‘We’ll see where we go now, he’s a horse that can only get better. We don’t want to be greedy and hopefully races like the Jean-Luc Lagardere, on the Qatar weekend in Paris, the Dewhurst or Racing Post Trophy might be on the agenda.’
Favourite Birchwood went down as an unfortunate loser as he had no luck in running, so much so that his price for the Guineas was cut to 25-1 from 33-1.