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Nahoodh saves best until last

Frankie Dettori brightened up Newmarket yesterday with a classic ride on Nahoodh in the UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes.

Frankie Dettori and Nahoodh land The UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes Race run at Newmarket.
Frankie Dettori and Nahoodh land The UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes Race run at Newmarket.

NEWMARKET // Frankie Dettori brightened up Newmarket yesterday with a classic come-from-behind ride on Nahoodh in the UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes. Nahoodh, one of five three-year-olds taking part in the Group 1 contest, was running for just the second time for trainer Mark Johnston, having moved from Mick Channon's yard, and had yet to reach the winner's enclosure in four outings this season.

Dettori left a lot of work to be done with two furlongs to go, but despite the soft conditions, his charge willingly swooped down the centre of the track to collar the Cheveley park-owned pair Infallible and Heaven Sent, who finished second and third respectively. Johnston was quick to underline his team's effect on the daughter of Clodovil. "When we first got her we thought that if we were going to do anything then we needed to do something different," he said after the race.

"Our first approach was to let her bowl along and I thought she ran well enough at Ascot last time, but Frankie [Dettori] said to come back to seven furlongs," he added. Johnston was also quick to include Dettori's contribution to the team effort. He continued: "We didn't decide tactics for today but we have been trying to get her to settle and relax." @Email:sports@thenational.ae