Frankie Dettori’s dazzling double a fitting finale to 2016 season at Great Yarmouth
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Frankie Dettori has been the darling of Great Yarmouth racecourse for many years and fittingly closed the 2016 season there with a stunning 53/1 double yesterday.
Dettori teamed up with trainer John Gosden and scored with what looks a high-class filly in the making. Shutter Speed, a daughter of Dansili, made her debut and won effortlessly, delighting Gosden.
'I wanted to run her three weeks ago but she wasn't right. She's gone in her coat and is ready for winter but I wanted to get a run in to her.
'I think she wants firmer ground and wants further than today's mile, but she's done it very well.
'She's won it on class. Now we can put her away until next year and dream,' said Gosden.
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The 5/1 chance got the better of Song Maker and God Given in a maiden from which many may emerge as future winners.
Paddy Power quoted Shutter Speed at 33/1 for next season's Investec Oaks following her victory.
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Dettori then scored in the feature, the Optimist Design Ltd Handicap, on 8/1 top weight Harwoods Volante for trainer David O'Meara.
Kenny The Captain looked the likely winner but in the final half a furlong, Dettori galvanised the winner who flashed home clear.
There was a dramatic start to the race with Santorini swerving out of the stalls and interfering with Rio Ronaldo, effectively ruling both out of the contest.
Loving, the 13/8 favourite, improved from her debut second at Haydock, to land the fillies' maiden over six furlongs for trainer William Haggas and Ryan Moore.
The two-year-old grey filly loved the soft conditions and the daughter of Mayson won comfortably.
'She's bred to like the conditions and clearly she has improved from her first run. She travelled and picked up well. Hopefully she will run again this season,' said Sam Haggas, the trainer's son.
Mayson, her sire, was a top-class handicapper who also loved cut in the ground, having been fifth in the 2,000 Guineas won by Frankel in 2011.
The nursery, over six furlongs, went to Savannah Slew under Luke Morris for trainer James Given.
A winner at Thirsk, the filly got loose on the way to the start last time at Leicester, but she put that behind her to win at 11/1, beating the favourite Party Time by more than a length.
Seven-pound claimer Milly Naseb grabbed victory in the seven-furlong handicap on the 9/1 chance Stoked for trainer Chris Dwyer.
Last of 11 last time at Chelmsford, Stoked always travelled well and Naseb took him ahead two furlongs out and the gelding held on from Leonard Thomas and Port Lairge.
There was a shock 33/1 win for Robbian in Division One of the six-furlong handicap, Robbie Walsh scoring for trainer Charles Smith, who was recording his first winner of the season at the 48th attempt.
The five-year-old was beaten a long way on his return after a break at Beverley last time but was good enough to hold off well-backed Keene's Pointe.
The second division, after a long delay when Baileys Pursuit got loose, went to favourite Zippy, under champion apprentice Josephine Gordon, beating Multi Quest by a head.
Humour unseated David Parkes which resulted in the jockey being taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle. Rather than wait for a replacement ambulance, the stewards decided to abandon the meeting without running the final race.