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Dettori ‘couldn’t have written a better ending’ after 500th Newmarket winner

Frankie Dettori registered his 500th winner at Newmarket in steering star filly Inspiral to victory in the Chariot Stakes. The duo had combined to record a thrilling success in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville in the summer and followed that up to add a fifth Group One triumph.

Settled in mid-division travelling nicely alongside French challenger Mqse De Sevigne, the John and Thady Gosden-trained Inspiral made a stylish move to the inner with three furlongs to run and soon made her way home. Heading into the dip she had built up a three-length advantage and there was no stopping the 10-11 favourite as she surged clear and entered the record books in impressive style.

Quick Guide

Greg Wood’s horse racing tips for Sunday

Show

Uttoxeter
1.45 King William Rufus
2.15 Booster Bob
2.45 I Like To Move It
3.15 Emotional Memories
3.45 West To The Bridge (nap)
4.15 Only Money
4.45 Gibberwell
5.15 Colonel Lesley 

Kelso 
2.00 Darkest Day
2.30 Duleek Street
3.00 Donny Boy
3.30 Cedar Hill (nb)
4.00 Dripsey Moon
4.30 Do No Wrong
5.00 Castletown
5.30 Kilbrainy 

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André Fabre’s Mqse De Sevigne was three and three-quarter lengths away in second at the line, with the supplemented Heredia in third. Dettori – who retires at the end of the year – said: “We knew the pace wasn’t going to be that strong and she wants a much stronger tempo. She has got a crescendo of three furlongs and I didn’t want to mess around so I thought: ‘Come on, let’s go and let them come and try to catch you.’ She has strode out really well. She is a super filly when she is on-song and today she was.

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“She showed the world today what a superstar horse she is. She gave me a nightmare ride in France, but today she was good. I was quite worried when she was so quiet as when they are quiet it is maybe because they are over the top or maybe they are in season, but that wasn’t the case. She was quiet because she was having a good day.

Quick Guide

Greg Wood’s tips for Monday

Show

Windsor 

1.50 Continuance
2.20 Faayzah
2.50 Phoenix Passion
3.20 Dream Of Mischief
3.50 Midream
4.20 Stage Show
4.52 Geelong
5.22 Big Bard 

Pontefract 

2.00 Prepschool
2.30 Catton Lady
3.00 Tobetso (nb)
3.30 Cinnodin
4.00 Phoenix Fire (nap)
4.30 Safety Catch
5.05 Beauty Choice
5.40 Heartrate 

Stratford-On-Avon

2.05 Cawthorne Lad
2.40 Summer Night City
3.10 Shetland Tony
3.40 Famoso
4.10 Myristica
4.45 Allo Allo
5.15 Yalla Habibi

Wolverhampton 

4.25 Uncle Dick
5.00 Prince Ali
5.30 All Is Fair
6.00 Cervaro Della Sala
6.30 Bear Claws
7.00 Genesius
7.30 Tallulah Myla
8.00 Bernie The Bear
8.30 Crystal Dawn

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“When I got to 499 last week I thought at least I’ve got Inspiral to look forward to as I know she will be thereabouts. I didn’t know until last week when Amy Starkey [of the Jockey Club] told me I was so close. [Newmarket] has been my home for 38 years. It is fantastic to be able to [ride 500 winners at Newmarket] in a Group One on a special filly. I couldn’t have written a better ending.

IT’S INSPIRATIONALLLL FROM INSPIRAL 😍

500 Wins for Mr Frankie Dettori!

Dettori & Gosden win the G1 Virgin bet Sun Chariot Stakes 2023! pic.twitter.com/IlD02x94o0

— ITV Racing (@itvracing) October 7, 2023

“My last Guineas winner, Chaldean, I knew I had a chance but I didn’t expect it and that was probably the sweetest one I had. I woke up this morning with a knot in my stomach. I didn’t feel myself. I felt nervous, sad and emotional, but at least I’ve got it done now. I’ve got two weeks left. It is getting close and I’m getting so many best wishes, but I wouldn’t be human if I wasn’t like this.

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“At Longchamp [the crowd] were amazing, York they were amazing. Everywhere I’ve been they have been incredible, and I don’t think it will be any different on my last day at Ascot [Champions Day]. I’m allowed to cry that day, but I’ve tried to keep it together today.”