Frankie Dettori misses a record fifth win at the Dubai World Cup but rides Lord North for a special consolation prize for a third consecutive year with a win at the Dubai Turf
- Frankie Dettori missed a record fifth win at the Dubai World Cup
- Dettori clinched a special victory in the Dubai Turf for the third year in a row
- The 52-year-old drove Lord North to victory as he continues his farewell season
Frankie Dettori missed out on a record fifth Dubai World Cup win, but his farewell appearance at the meeting saw a valuable consolation prize – winning the Dubai Turf on Lord North for the third straight year.
Dettori’s mount in the $12 million World Cup, 2022’s Country Grammer, was an exhausted force heading down the stretch after expending too much energy in the early stages trying to negate a tough away game.
Dettori, 52, who will retire at the end of the year, was ultimately a spectator as Japan’s Ushba Tesoro delivered a crushing run to lift the £6million first prize.
It was a different story for Dettori on John and Thady Gosden-trained Lord North, who moved smoothly on the Dubai Turf before taking the lead after a furlong out.
Frankie Dettori missed a record fifth Dubai World Cup victory but won the Dubai Turf on Lord North
Dettori dropped his whip but Lord North still walked out a three-quarter length first prize winner of £2.6million.
On an emotional day at Meydan racecourse, Dettori said: “I came with some decent rides and to get just one on the board in this beautiful place that has been my home for so many winters is really special.
“It’s my farewell season and it’s a remarkable achievement from the team to come back with this horse and win this race for the third time. I was so confident that I lost my whip 300 (yards) outside.
Dettori, 52, will have a special place at the end of the year named Maydan
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