ROYAL ASCOT: Alga comes up trumps for Dettori and Hannon
6:51pm Thursday 19th June 2014 in Sport
BAITHA Alga gave Frankie Dettori his second winner of the week with a brilliant display in the Norfolk Stakes for Collingbourne Ducis trainer Richard Hannon at Royal Ascot.
Hannon's juvenile brought arguably the strongest form on offer into the race, having won the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom on Derby day, but was an 8-1 shot taking on much-vaunted The Great War and another unbeaten colt in Mukhmal.
Mukhmal was sharply away in the five-furlong contest and blazed a trail for a long way, but weakened out of contention tamely.
Odds-on favourite The Great War moved ominously into it, only for his effort to prove short-lived as he passed the post a well-beaten fifth.
Baitha Alga, on the other hand, showed smart acceleration to settle matters and passed the post a length and a half clear under a jubilant Dettori, who was making it 49 career winners at the Royal extravaganza.
Mind Of Madness ran an excellent race to fill the runner-up spot, just two days after finishing down the field in the Windsor Castle Stakes.
Harry Herbert, racing manager for Sheikh Joaan Al Thani's Al Shaqab Racing operation, said: "This is the theatre of dreams.
"He travelled so well - to win a Woodcote and to come back so quickly and win a Norfolk...Frankie won as he pleased.
"He's very exciting. It's another big day."
Dettori said: "He ran a super race at Epsom, the team were very pleased and I'm so pleased he got the job done.
"Looking before the race it looked like there would be a lot of speed and I made a move two out. Sometimes I can use my brain, although not often!
"He's hard as nails and uncomplicated, all the things you want in a two-year-old. Right now he's one of the best two-year-olds.
"We had a hiccup yesterday (with Treve) but you've got to look forward."
Hannon said: "He was having his third run in three weeks, which was tough, but this horse can handle it.
"Frankie was going ever so well in behind and really never looked like getting beaten.
"He's a very smart two-year-old and we'll have a look at the Prix Morny after that, he's really nice."
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