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  • 13:55 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere 6f 211y

  • (Grand Criterium) (Group 1) €350,000 added 2yo 7 ran
  • Winner €207,164 2nd €79,205 3rd €39,340 4th €18,969
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 19.90s
  • Off time: 13:55:24

Dabirsim flies home for Dettori

Unbeaten colt retains his record with scintillating success

Last Updated: 02/10/11 2:22pm

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Frankie Dettori: Claimed his 500th Group race winner

Frankie Dettori: Claimed his 500th Group race winner

Frankie Dettori claimed the 500th Group race win of his career in the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.

The popular Italian jockey was riding the unbeaten odds-on favourite Dabirsim for trainer Christophe Ferland and held his colt-up at the rear of the field behind a strong pace.

There were signs of panic with two furlongs to run as the pacesetting Salure appeared to have slipped the field and Dettori opted to aim his mount for a brave run up the inside.

The Hat Trick colt picked up in scintillating fashion to get his jockey out of jail, picking up the leaders in the closing yards of the seven furlong contest to seal an impressive Group One success.

Sofast closed to catch Salure for second with the third running a huge race having hung badly into the centre of the track on the turn into the straight.

Big Big Moment

Dettori said: "It's unbelievable to ride 500 Group winners, it's an astonishing number so it's a big, big moment for me, and I've been very lucky to ride some very good horses."

He added of the winner: "He will definitely make a Guineas horse, without a doubt. He's a superstar. When the gap came he took it, he was electric.

"He's the best two-year-old I have ridden. He's got tremendous pace and a great finish."

Ferland said: "Frankie was playing with my nerves a bit! "He was six or eight lengths behind at the furlong post, but he's got a lot of speed and he quickened well to get back into the race.

"We haven't decided about next year. He'll be entered in the French and English Guineas.

"He can run on a straight course or around a bend so it doesn't matter."

Sky Bet and Stan James cut Dabirsim to 8-1 from 12-1 and 10-2 for the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket with Boylesports making him a 10-1 chance.

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