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The Wow Signal: Coventry Stakes winner 16-1 for 2,000 Guineas

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Dettori has the Wow factor as Signal prevails  

Report: Royal Ascot, Tuesday

Coventry Stakes (Group 2) 6f, 2yo

FRANKIE DETTORI rode his 48th Royal Ascot winner on 5-1 joint-favourite The Wow Signal in the Coventry Stakes,  the second success of the day for owners Al Shaqab racing after Toronado's Queen Anne victory.

Dettori led or disputed for most of the way on the John Quinn-trained two-year-old, who was purchased by Sheikh Joaan Al Thani after his debut win at Ayr last month.

The held-up Cappella Sansevero - bought by Qatar Racing for £1.3 million on the eve of the race - made some good late headway to finish second, but he could never pose a realistic threat to The Wow Signal. The Mark Johnston-trained Jungle Cat was third.

Joint-favourite Adaay could make no impression in mid-division and finished eighth, while 11-2 shot War Envoy, trained by Aidan O'Brien, was a place behind after drifting markedly left inside the final furlong. 

The winning time of 1min 12.99secs was 0.53 sec outside Henrythenavigator's two-year-old course record, which suggests the going is riding faster than the official description of good.

It was Dettori's first winner at the royal meeting since Tha'Ir  in the 2012 Chesham Stakes, and he said:  "It feels great! It's been two years since my last winner here.

"I am delighted, the week couldn't have started any better.

"I was worried about the ground being too quick, but he did very well.

"It's amazing, I love Ascot. This is what it is all about - riding winners on big days."

Winning trainer Quinn said: "He has come and beaten the best colts available today and he has been up there all the way, he wasn't held up to run a race he was right there on the speed.

"I think he deserves a lot of credit. He didn't just come from out of the pack he was there all the time. He could have capitulated but at the line he was going away."

David Redvers, racing manager to Qatar Racing, said of Cappella Sansevero: "He clearly got every yard of the trip and my initial suspicion is that they probably went very hard in front. 

"It was a hell of a race and the winner is clearly a very good horse. Ours is a horse for the future and we're excited about that."

Johnston said of Jungle Cat: "Joe Fanning said he has so much speed he could come back to five which we will consider. 

"We could also look at something like the Richmond at Goodwood because we know he acts down the hill and it's a sharper six than here."


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