Frankie Dettori wins first ride back
Last Updated: 22/01/14 3:03pm
Dettori celebrates his win
Frankie Dettori won on his first ride back in the saddle aboard Eco Warrior in the coral.co.uk Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Lingfield.
The Italian jockey made all aboard the John Hills-trained 8/1 shot and the pair saw off the odds-on favourite Wilhana by a neck in a driving finish.
The three-times champion jockey has been sidelined since early October when he suffered a fractured ankle in a fall going down to the start before a race at Nottingham.
Dettori said: "He tested me big time as he was very lazy, but it's been a fairytale comeback.
"Thank you to my surgeon Mr Robinson for screwing me back together and to everyone for putting up with me for the last three months. It's nice to be out of the house and nice to do what I love, racing.
"I've got no pain, it's just trying to get my strength back and there's nothing like race-riding.
"That was a big pipe-opener and I'll keep myself busy, it's the mental awareness of racing, that's what you have to sharpen up."
It later became a dream return for Dettori when Gone With The Wind provided him with a double in the 32Red.com Maiden Stakes.
Dettori had been riding Jeremy Noseda's three-year-old on the Newmarket gallops and advised the trainer to run him in this race.
Wearing the Paul and Susan Roy colours he sported in Classic victory on Sixties Icon in the St Leger, Dettori once more had to work very hard as Android challenged up the rail but prevailed by a neck as the 7-4 favourite.
Dettori was out of luck with his third and final ride Exemplary, who was seventh to Arch Villain in the 32Red Conditions Stakes, a fast-track qualifier for the big All-Weather Finals card on Good Friday.
Amanda Perrett's 11/4 favourite was fourth at the course late last month and does well on Polytrack, getting the best of a three-way finish from Communicator and Ted Spread by a head and a nose.