Frankie Dettori piloted his first winner of the year in Britain aboard Delta Bay in Newmarket on Wednesday.
After enjoying a successful winter abroad, the popular Italian – who turned 50 in December – was back in domestic action for the first time in 2021 for the second day of Craven’s meeting on the Rowley Mile.
And while he had no luck with his first two mounts aboard Global Giant in the Earl Of Sefton Stakes and Star Of Emaraaty in the Nell Gwyn, he delighted his favorite contributors in his third race of the l ‘afternoon in the bet365 European Breeders’ Fund Fillies’ Maiden Stakes.
A finalist on his racetrack debut in Newbury in October, John and Thady Gosden’s Delta Bay had a 6-4 chance to do better on his return to action.
After setting the fractions for much of the mile trip, Nathaniel’s daughter was heavily squeezed by Professional Widow as the line came out but clung to a neck.