Glorious Goodwood: Vintage Stakes glory for Frankie Dettori and Angel Bleu as Ralph Beckett enjoys quickfire double

Angel Bleu finished second at Ascot on Saturday before winning at Goodwood just three days later; connections looking at Dewhurst Stakes next for two-year-old son of Dark Angel; Ralph Beckett won Group Two Lennox Stakes on Kinross

Frankie Dettori riding Angel Bleu to win The Unibet Vintage Stakes
Image: Frankie Dettori riding Angel Bleu to win The Unibet Vintage Stakes

A quick reappearance proved no barrier to success for Angel Bleu, as Frankie Dettori steered Ralph Beckett's colt to victory in the Unibet Vintage Stakes at Goodwood.

Runner-up in the Listed Pat Eddery Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, the Dark Angel youngster was sent off at 100-30 to go one better in this Group Three contest just three days later.

Having sweated up on the way to post, Angel Bleu raced enthusiastically for much of the race, but quickened up smartly in the rain-softened ground once popped the question by Dettori.

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He did hang quite badly rightly when delivering his challenge, interfering with The Acropolis in the process.

The previously unbeaten Coventry Stakes winner Berkshire Shadow (13-8 favourite) was doing his best work at the finish, but Angel Bleu had enough in reserve to hold him at bay by three-quarters of a length.

Beckett said: "Frankie got off him on Saturday and said 'he's been busy, give him a break', so I thought we should leave him alone.

"[But] I fed him on Sunday and I looked at him sideways and thought 'you don't look like you've had a hard race to me at all'.

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Frankie Dettori treats the Goodwood crowd to a flying dismount after victory on Angel Bleu
Image: Frankie Dettori treats the Goodwood crowd to a flying dismount after victory on Angel Bleu

"I jogged him up and he bounced up the yard, [owner] Marc Chan's racing manager called me up and said 'why don't we geld him now and send him to Hong Kong in the autumn, he can go there and have a good time' - he was a little surprised when it rained and we decided to declare him!

"If we hadn't declared and the field had fallen apart like this, I'd have been really, really cross with myself. With the rain last night I could hardly believe my luck.

"He like a bit of juice and he likes soft ground, we'll think about the Dewhurst now I should think."

Of the Andrew Balding-trained Berkshire Shadow, rider Oisin Murphy said: "Off a slow pace he relaxed very well, but took a while to get going. When I gave him a kick he stayed on well and hit the line hard.

"I think he needs another furlong, as he saw out the trip really well."

Lennox glory for Kinross

Ralph Beckett enjoyed a Group Two double on the opening day of Glorious Goodwood
Image: Ralph Beckett enjoyed a Group Two double on the opening day of Glorious Goodwood

Beckett and owner Marc Chan completed a quickfire Group Two double as Kinross ran out a brave winner of the Unibet Lennox Stakes under Rossa Ryan.

The four-year-old had Classic aspirations at the start of last season and while they came to nothing he was back to winning ways at Haydock last time.

This marked a step up in class and he handled it well, going to the front inside the distance and fending off the challenges of 2-1 favourite Creative Force and Happy Power (16-1) by a neck and a head.

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The winning rider said: "That was brilliant and it's all thanks to Mr Beckett and his staff. They are the ones that deserve it and I was very happy to see the rain for this lad.

"He's very hard to beat on soft ground. He has a tremendous turn of foot and I was still on the bridle a furlong out, I just needed the splits and luckily enough they came."

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