Frankie Dettori rides first three winners at Royal Ascot

Star Catcher provides Frankie Dettori with a third winner of the day at Royal Ascot
Image: Star Catcher provides Frankie Dettori with a third winner of the day at Royal Ascot

With memories of Frankie Dettori's 'Magnificent Seven' - when he went through the card to win seven races at Ascot in September 1996 - looming, the Italian set bookmakers trembling when landing the third race on Star Catcher for John Gosden in the Ribblesdale Stakes.

Available at almost double the 4-1 she was eventually sent off at in the morning, Dettori's mount was keen in the early stages.

He managed to get her settled midfield, before quickening smartly to go by Queen Power, who had beaten her last time out, and it was Oaks third Fleeting who made ground up from the rear to keep Star Catcher honest in the closing stages

Gosden said: "We planned this after she won her maiden in April. She was in the Oaks, but Frankie told us not to go there and he was right.

"Frankie can just take it to another level, it's like he's in the final at Wimbledon, he is riding quite beautifully.

"Of course everyone will expect him to win the Gold Cup now, but we all know what this game is like, it probably won't happen."

The Gold Cup is the next race, with the price of red-hot favourite Stradivarius shortening all the time.

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There are two races after that, with Dettori riding Turgenev in the Britannia Handicap and Questionare in the concluding King George V Handicap. All of three remaining mounts are trained by Gosden.

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