Bookies Bashed By Frankie Dettori Double at Royal Ascot
A Frankie Dettori big-race double that included success on well-backed 3/1 second favourite Cystal Ocean in the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes left bookmakers reeling on day two of Royal Ascot.
Dettori needed to be at his brilliant best aboard Sir Michael Stoute's stable star to see off the strong late challenge from Magical, but the improving Sea The Stars colt had enough in the tank to bag his first Group 1 victory and give his rider a fourth success in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.
Crystal Ocean was immediately cut into 3/1 for the King George VI Stakes back at Ascot at the end of July.
Earlier in the afternoon, Dettori got his day off to the perfect start when steering 18/1 chance Raffle Prize to a head success in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes.
The Mark Johnston-trained filly was an easy winner at Chester on her second start and she took the step up in class in her stride and displayed a terrific attitude to see off US-raider Kimari in a thrilling finish to the opener.
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Bookmakers took another blow in the in the Queen’s Vase (3.05) when Dashing Willoughby landed a gamble in a thrilling finish to the 1m6f Group 2 prize.
Freely available at 14/1 in the morning, the improving three-year-old was sent off a 6/1 chance and the support proved well-placed as Oisin Murphy’s mount found plenty for pressure, despite edging to his left in the closing stages, to edge out gallant runner-up Barbados.
Dashing Willoughby was immediately given a 10/1 quote with Paddy Power for the St Leger later in the season.
Meanwhile, Daniel Tudhope moved into an outright lead to be top jockey at Royal Ascot thanks to victory aboard 9/1 chance Move Swiftly in the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes.
It was a result that had the bookies breathing a sigh of relief, with I Can Fly and Rawaada, the top two in the market, foiled by the William Haggas-trained filly.
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