Dettori celebrates Oaks’ sixth success after taking Snowfall to a record 16-length win in Epsom. drove
Frankie Dettori celebrates sixth success in the Oaks after riding Aidan O’Brien-trained Snowfall to record 16-length win in Epsom
- Dettori rode Snowfall through the rain to win the Oaks on Friday
- Aidan O’Brien-trained horse won with a record 16 lengths in Epsom
- It was one of the most one-sided matches ever in a classic
Snowfall turned the Cazoo Oaks into a procession as she stormed to a record 16 wins under Frankie Dettori in Epsom.
The margin of Friday’s win of 50-1 runner-up Mystery Angel was four lengths greater than the previous record of 12 lengths set in 1983 by Sun Princess.
It was one of the most one-sided games ever in a Classic and Dettori, who won the Oaks for the sixth time, said: “I had completely beaten everything when I got around Tattenham Corner. It was kind of like playing cowboys and Indians… and I was the cowboy with the gun.
Frankie Dettori rode Snowfall through the rain to win the Oaks at Epsom on Friday
“I knew I was at least eight lengths ahead, but it’s remarkable. I’ve won a lot of classics, but not as easy as this.’
It was 50-year-old Dettori’s 21st victory in the British Classic, a feat equal to legendary rider Fred Archer’s total.
He added: ‘I saw a documentary yesterday about the great Fred Archer. That inspired me. I thought, ‘God, if I win another one, I’ll match the big man.’ ‘I’m only nine behind Lester Piggott now.’
It was also the second Classic winner Dettori (above) has ridden for O’Brien this season, after Mother Earth in the 1000 Guineas. Dettori is very selective about his rides these days, but his record is remarkable.
He added: “I think I’ve had seven winners – two classics, the Chester Cup, two smaller ones at Newmarket and three at Haydock, it’s been great. Of course I ride for John Gosden. Unfortunately he didn’t have any Classic runners this year and I was able to jump on a pair for the Coolmore team. I’m very lucky.’
Ryan Moore, O’Brien’s No. 1 jockey, was in the first run of 5-2, favoring Santa Barbara, but the trainer said she was out of stamina, and the unexpected testing conditions didn’t help.
Aidan O’Brien trained horse took second place with a record 16 lengths from Mystery Angel
She finished fifth and drops back to a mile, with the Irish Oaks being the next stop for Snowfall.
The win for the 11-2 shot was also a milestone in O’Brien’s career, as it cost him 40 British Classic wins. It matches the record of John Scott, a 19th century titan of British racing.
At 4.40pm this afternoon, the Irishman, who also had 10 wins in the 2,000 Guineas, seven in the 1,000 Guineas, eight Derbies and six St Legers, was able to hold the record outright thanks to Derby favorite Bolshoi Ballet.
Mystery Angel’s run was another kudos to George Boughey, who is only in his second full season with a license.
He said, “She’s a superstar and ran into a freak.”