Cheers ricocheted about Surrey as Frankie Dettori won his second Epsom Derby on the John Gosdon trained Golden Horn.
“I had a plan,” said Dettori, “I knew they were going to run fast. I just wanted to get on the heel of Jack Hobbs.”
The infamous jockey rode beautifully, calming his ride to sit in the middle of the pack throughout the race until the duo pounced upon Jack Hobbs ridden by William Buik. By the last furlong a win had been secured.
Buik, who has previously ridden Golden Horn, said, “He was the only horse I could see coming… I knew when I pressed the button Frankie would be on my tail.”
“It’s quite fantastic,” explained Anthony Oppenheimer, breeder and owner of the Cape Cross sired horse, “it’s a dream of a lifetime.”
Dettori recently returned to the winning trainer, John Gosdon’s yard after twenty years since the pair initially worked together.
“It still hasn’t sunk in,” exclaimed Dettori who previously won the race in 2007 on Authorized, “if it wasn’t for John [Gosdon] I wouldn’t have this.”
A six month drug ban and an end to Gadolphin’s employment kept the dual Derby winner out of the spotlight for a moment. However, it appears that time has passed and the household name is just as brilliant as he always was.
Huge thanks to Will Nash for use of his great photo