x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Dettori takes Grizzle to maiden win

Frankie Dettori rides Godolphin's Grizzle to a maiden win, but "I don't think that he is a Group horse," says Andrea Mascolo, representing trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni.

Frankie Dettori received the applause of a fair crowd when guiding Godolphin's Grizzle to a length victory over Protanto in a race in England on Friday.

The Italian piloted the two year old to success in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Stakes at Lingfield to end a run of two second-place finishes and a pair of thirds.

"He keeps finishing second and third, so I'm happy that he's won, but I don't think that he is a Group horse," said Andrea Mascolo, representing the Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni.

Silvestre De Sousa was unable to peg back Paul Hanagan in the British jockeys' championship, finishing a further neck away in third on Kinloch Castle.

Over the years, Newmarket rivals Sir Michael Stoute and Sir Henry Cecil have battled out the finish to many races, but it was the former who prevailed in division one of the EBF Weatherbys Private Banking Maiden Fillies' Stakes at the same meeting.

Running in the familiar colours of Cheveley Park Stud, Cantal held on under Ryan Moore to beat the Tom Queally-ridden Srinagar Girl by a nose, with two-and-a-quarter lengths back to Al Andaleeb.

"First time out the ground was plenty quick enough for her - being by Pivotal she needs some ease. Ryan was very pleased with her," said Chris Richardson, the Cheveley Park managing director.

The second division went to Ralph Beckett's Rhagori, ridden by Jim Crowley, who swooped inside the final furlong to defeat Miss Astragal by a length, with Brief Chat three-quarters of a length away.

Charlie Duckworth, the assistant to the winning trainer, who is at the sales, said: "She ran a little bit too keen last time and that's probably why she got turned over, so we put a ring bit on today."