GOODWOOD, ENGLAND // Frankie Dettori continued to ride through the pain barrier yesterday, and it paid off in spectacular fashion, when he led home a one-two for Godolphin in the Goodwood Cup.
Dettori galvanised Opinion Poll to hold off the late thrust of Lost in Moment, ridden by William Buick. Fox Hunt, owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, was edged out in a photo-finish for third to Blue Bajan.
Dettori suffered a hairline fracture in his foot when falling from Rewilding on Saturday, but on Wednesday he gave Mahmood Al Zarooni his first Glorious Goodwood win on Rakasa. Yesterday, he was the provider again for Al Zarooni and, in giving Godolphin their third winner of the race, Dettori rode to his own 171st success at the track. Simon Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager, said that it had been a mental and physical effort after the euthanisation of Rewilding.
"All credit to Frankie," he said. "His injury is not preventing him from riding as well as he can. He would have hated to miss this meeting, so he did everything he could to get back."
Dettori was in the winner's enclosure 30 minutes later when he steered Meeznah to a course record in the Group 3 Lillie Langtry Stakes.
"I'm in discomfort," he said. "I feel worse walking than when riding. I'm taking a lot of painkillers, but when you ride winners like that the pain goes away."