A’ali turns on style for Det­tori

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Royal As­cot hero A’ali fol­lowed up with a cosy suc­cess in the Dar­ley Prix Robert Papin at Deauville and pro­vided the fly­ing Frankie Det­tori with yet an­other high-pro­file win.

Run­ner-up on his de­but at Ripon in early June, Si­mon Cr­is­ford’s ju­ve­nile went one bet­ter in the Nor­folk Stakes at the Royal meet­ing, ini­ti­at­ing a mem­o­rable four-timer on the day for jockey Det­tori.

Step­ping up half a fur­long in dis­tance yesterday, the son of So­ci­ety Rock was a pro­hib­i­tively priced 4-6 favourite for his lat­est Group Two as­sign­ment – and odds-on back­ers were made to sweat.

Det­tori po­si­tioned the mar­ket leader in mid­field for much of the way as My Love’s Pas­sion blazed a trail in front. The in-form jockey had to get to work with over a fur­long still to run, but A’ali re­sponded to pick up the leader – and he was ul­ti­mately well on top at the line.

Cr­is­ford said: “He’s shown an im­pres­sive turn of foot there, so we might come back for the Prix Morny – that is un­der strong con­sid­er­a­tion. He’s a very easy colt to deal with, very will­ing and has a good turn of foot, so he’s got all the at­tributes to be a very good race­horse.”

Paddy Power makes A’ali an 8-1 shot for the Cool­more Nun­thorpe at York on Aug 23, but he ap­pears more likely to stick to his own age group, and step up to six fur­longs, in ei­ther the Prix Morny at Deauville or the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Cur­ragh.

Cr­is­ford added: “He’ll come back for one of th­ese Group One races.”

A’ali was Det­tori’s sec­ond win­ner on the card, the Ital­ian hav­ing ear­lier struck gold on John Gos­den’s Twist ‘N’ Shake with a dom­i­nant vic­tory in the Prix de Ba­gatelle.

A cred­itable fourth in the Corona­tion Stakes at Royal As­cot last month, the daugh­ter of King­man had less on her plate in this one­mile Listed event.

The 2-5 favourite quickly put dis­tance be­tween her­self and her ri­vals once popped the ques­tion by Det­tori, with Fount sec­ond.

Mark We­in­feld, man­ag­ing part­ner of own­ers He­lena Spring­field Ltd, said: “That was ab­so­lutely su­perb. We’re de­lighted. It’s re­ally nice to get proper black type with her.

“She’s a nice lit­tle filly, she is small. I be­lieve there is a Group Three back here for her in Au­gust, so that might be a tar­get, but we’ll see how she comes out of this race first of all.”

Fi­nal flour­ish: Frankie Det­tori coaxed A’ali to a fine fin­ish ahead of My Love’s Pas­sion

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