Frankie Dettori achieves fifth Oaks victory as the underdog

& # 39; You can enjoy it more if you don't ride the favorite because there is no pressure & # 39 ;: Frankie Dettori achieves fifth Oaks victory as the underdog

  • Frankie Dettori won Investec Oaks for boss John Gosden with 8-1 shot Anapurna
  • Rab Havlin retained the mountain for Gosden & # 39; s 3-1 favorite Mehdaayih on Friday
  • This meant that the spotlight was not that intense on the Italian jockey at Epsom
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Frankie Dettori relaxed and enjoyed the role of second string when he landed the Investec Oaks for boss John Gosden with 8-1 shot Anapurna.

47-year-old trainer No. 1 from trainer Gosden rides some of the best horses in the flat. But with colleague Rab Havlin while maintaining the mountain on Gosden & # 39; s 3-1 favorite Mehdaayih, the spotlight on the Italian wasn't that intense.

While the seventh-placed Mehdaayih was one of the main victims in a rough race, Dettori and Lingfield Oaks test winner Anapurna finally got a dream job on the inside of the rail to beat Pink Dogwood with a neck.

Frankie Dettori celebrates winning the Investec Oaks at Anapurna during Ladies Day

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Frankie Dettori celebrates winning the Investec Oaks at Anapurna during Ladies Day

After returning to his fifth Oaks winner, 25 years after the first at Balanchine in 1994, Dettori said: & # 39; It was a nice buzz. It has been 25 years since I was my first and not on the favorite, because you can enjoy it more because there is no pressure. We knew we had a chance. & # 39;

The race was not without concern for Dettori. Around the three furlong pole, he was hunting for a hole as Ryan Moore made a dramatic and seemingly decisive move along the outside at Pink Dogwood.

Dettori said: & # 39; I tried to look for a hole and thought for a moment: & # 39; s ***. "While I was still busy, Ryan and Jim Crowley (on the eighth placed Maqsad) kicked on the outside and I thought they were gone.

& # 39; When I got through it, I thought that three lengths might be a bridge too far, but she started the motor and in the last 100 meters I had it. & # 39;

Anapurna finally got a dream job on the inner rail to beat Pink Dogwood with a neck

Anapurna finally got a dream job on the inner rail to beat Pink Dogwood with a neck

Anapurna finally got a dream job on the inner rail to beat Pink Dogwood with a neck

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Dettori took a two-day whip ban, while Crowley was suspended for four days due to careless driving, while one of the biggest victims was Manuela De Vega.

Business is not planned this season for Gosden, who landed his third Oaks. Injury has delayed the training of great hope Too Darn Hot and the double return of the double bow Enable winner until July.

But the trainer said: & # 39; You have to ride the punches in this game. If you let those things influence you and get negative, you are not good for the staff or the horses. & # 39;

Anapurna was a first Classic victory as a stallion for the brilliant Frankel. And her victory could be an omen as she was bred and owned by the Meon Valley Stud, who let Telecaster ride in Saturday's Derby.

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