Call to stay in France pays off for Dettori
Frankie Dettori’s decision to miss York last week to stay in France paid another big dividend yesterday when the jockey rode American filly Campanelle to an impressive win in the Prix Morny at Deauville.
Wesley Ward’s Queen Mary winner, stepping up to six furlongs and encountering soft ground for the first time, made all the running and, far from being found out by the trip and conditions, was going away from Clive Cox’s Nando Parrado at the finish to win by two lengths, with Rhythm Master in third.
The Queen’s Tactical, the third Ascot winner in the field and sent off the second favourite, was a slightly disappointing fifth.
It was Ward’s third win in the race after previous victories with No Nay Never and Lady Aurelia, and was Dettori’s sixth win.
“I was impressed with her in the Queen Mary,” said Dettori, who also landed the Group One Prix Jacques Le Marois at the Normandy course eight days ago. “She’s grown since Ascot and has an amazingly long stride. She’s handled the ground, but she’ll be much better on good.”
During his career, few seasons have passed without James Fanshawe winning a Group One and he managed the feat again yesterday when Audarya, a handicap winner at Newcastle on her previous start, stepped up to win the Prix Jean Romanet, a race the trainer knows well having won it with Ribbons and Speedy Boarding.
Rewarded: Frankie Dettori opted against York and has won both the Prix Morny and the Prix Jacques Le Marois recently