x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Dettori opens his season account

Frankie Dettori makes all the running on Sopranist to make his first flat ride of the season a winning one at Newmarket.

Frankie Dettori made all the running on Sopranist to make his first flat ride of the season a winning one in the Grand Prix White Turf St Moritz Maiden Stakes at Newmarket yesterday. The first race of the Craven meeting was supposed to see Henry Cecil's Native Ruler make a winning debut having been well-backed for the Derby in recent days. However, given an easy lead out in front, Dettori, who has no peers in that situation, never had to get too serious on John Gosden's debutant.

Native Ruler threatened under Tom Queally but in the end just held off Calypso Bay for second. * PA