Dewhurst Stakes: Chaldean and Frankie Dettori lead all the way to take Newmarket Group One | Race News


Chaldean rode most of the race to win the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket for Andrew Balding and Frankie Dettori.

The Juddmonte-owned colt followed in the footsteps of his father, Frankel, coming up the inside rail as a 5-2 favorite.

He was chased to the end by runners-up Royal Scotsman Paul and Oliver Cole but it was the youngster from Balding who prevailed on the line by a header to win Group One with Nostrum in third position.

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Frankie Dettori with a flying takedown after winning the Dewhurst over Chaldean

It capped a topsy-turvy day for Dettori who had a bad crash in the opening race but luckily escaped unscathed.

Balding imitated his father, Ian, who won the race on several occasions, but especially with the brilliant Mill Reef in 1970.

Nostrum is as short as 8/1 for next year's 2000 Guineas after an impressive win at Newmarket on Thursday
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Nostrum only managed second place on Saturday

Balding said: “Frankie gave him a fantastic run and all the credit goes to him. Frankie is the reason we came here because after Doncaster he was adamant this was the run for him. He played its role massively.

“The horse has won a great collection of races and the good thing is he is so relaxed, he should continue next year and definitely stay a mile, so we have a lot to look forward to.

“The Dewhurst is an amazing race to win – it’s the most important two-year-old race of the year. My dad won it with Mill Reef (1970) and Silly Season (1964) and Dashing Blade (1989) , so I’ve got some catching up to do!”

Dettori also told ITV Racing: “He missed the start but luckily I was able to get him up there and then I shot clear and thought ‘I’ve got it in the bag’.

“He’s a real Guinea horse – now we can dream for next year.”




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