Frankie Dettori takes victory with Palace Pier in France’s first kilometer race


As British holidaymakers returned from France to avoid quarantine, Frankie Dettori headed in the opposite direction for two lucrative days on the Normandy seaside that culminated in France’s highest mile race with Palace Pier on Sunday .His preparation to sacrifice his chance to ride at this week’s prestigious York Ebor meet to ride two of John Gosden’s best three-year-olds was rewarded when Palace Pier won the Jacques Le Marois Group 1 Prize on Sunday, 24 hours after winning a Group 2. on Mishriff in Deauville.

Palace Pier and Dettori, who will have to self-isolate upon his return home due to coronavirus travel restrictions announced Thursday night, were alone as they sawed through a starry field to extend the colt’s unbeaten record to five victories.

Shedding light on the harsh conditions, Palace Pier swept from last to first to defeat Alpine Star and Circus Maximus by declining three-quarter lengths and five lengths. The combined top prize of Dettori’s two wins totaled £ 425,000.

“I made the right choice to come,” he said. “I knew I had two great horses and both won. I was very impressed with this performance. The field was testing. It’s the best opposition he’s run with and he just put her to bed in great style.

“In the 600m I was getting a little worried, then all of a sudden the turbo kicked in and before I knew it I was ahead in the 300. Three lengths behind I was two lengths ahead. It shows you what he can do.

“He is typical of great horses. He doesn’t overdo it in the morning, he just does it for the routine, but wow when it comes to the races he is a real horse.

Gosden, watching the home race, named the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in October as Palace Pier’s next target.

“We were convinced Mishriff would run the pitch, but this boy [Palace Pier] had never worked on it, ”he said. “I don’t think he liked it and 600m away I could see Frankie healing him. He showed a lot of courage.

“Everything now revolves around QE2 and we’ll see if he has to go elsewhere first. Mishriff’s obvious target would be the Champion Stakes.

The quarantine for elite athletes being relaxed to eight days compared to the standard 14, Dettori plans to stay in France until next weekend.

“I’ll be doing food tastings, sightseeing and probably cycling on Saturday and Sunday,” he said. “Now that these two good horses have won, I can relax and enjoy a few days off.”

Paul Hanagan returns to action

Former champion jockey Paul Hanagan will return to action on Monday after an injury he feared he would not fully recover from.

Hanagan, 39, broke his back in three places in a fall in Newcastle in February, but fulfilled his goal of being ready in time for this week’s York Ebor festival.

He has two rides in Beverley for longtime mentor Richard Fahey on the eve of the prestigious four-day reunion.

“I didn’t know if it would be this week or next week, but my goal has always been to come back for the Ebor meeting if I can,” said Hanagan, champion in 2010 and 2011. “I’m delighted to me “. I stuck to my guns and managed to do it.

Hanagan, who had his biggest wins over Taghrooda in the 2014 Oaks and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, needs 24 more winners to reach the 2000 benchmark.

“I can’t wait to come back,” he added. “There was a time when I wondered if I would be racing again so I’m really looking forward to it.


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