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Friday, 16 November, 2018

'One of my best weeks at York' – flying Frankie revels in Knavesmire glory

Dettori: one of best Ebor meetings
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Frankie Dettori enjoyed one of the most rewarding weeks of his long career at York's Ebor meeting, but on Sunday he reflected on the one race that had not gone his way.

The many high points of his four days included steering Stradivarius to a £1 million windfall in the Lonsdale Cup.

And he rode Poet's Society to the victory that established Mark Johnston as British racing's winningmost trainer, partnered Lah Ti Dar to a hugely impressive victory in the Galtres Stakes, and won the Gimcrack on Emaraaty Ana and City of York on Expert Eye.

Stradivarius and Frankie Dettori land the Lonsdale Cup, and with it the £1 million stayers' bonus
But those successes followed a blank first day of the meeting, when Without Parole could finish only sixth of eight in the Juddmonte International.

While Without Parole's stablemate Roaring Lion received widespread acclaim for his clear-cut victory, Dettori feels his mount would have finished closer with better luck.

The rider, who has now joined his parents for a break in Sardinia, said: "It was one of my best weeks at York. The only horse I was a bit disappointed with was Without Parole.

"I got knocked about a bit at a crucial stage. I don't think I would have beaten the first two, but I could definitely have finished third with a better run.

Watch Without Parole's run in the Juddmonte International here

"It was the only bad race I had in the week. It was a remarkable four days. If you only have one, it's not too bad."

Saxon Warrior finished fourth, a couple of places ahead of Without Parole, and his trainer Aidan O’Brien said on Sunday: "We'll have to decide whether to give him another go at a mile and a quarter in the Irish Champion.

"After he ran second in the Eclipse we decided on the International and then possibly the Irish Champion, before maybe going back to a mile in the QEII.

"He was very sick after the Eclipse, so you'd expect he should come on a lot from his run at York. We'll wait a week to ten days before we decide where he'll go next."

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I don't think I would have beaten the first two but I could have definitely finished third with a better run
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