Dangerous Midge and Dettori Score Victory in Turf

Jockey Frankie Dettori treated the crowd at Churchills Downs with his trademark flying dismount, when his mount Dangerous Midge scored a determined victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf on Saturday night.

Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori

Trainer Brian Meehan was full of hope for his charge to perform at his best in the Kentucky event, and the withdrawal of tough challenger Workforce making his job just a bit easier.

Dettori and his mount were soon tracking the leader, travelling well under pressure from one furlong out, to hit the front inside the final 100 yards for a one and a quarter length victory over Champ Pegasus, with race favourite Behkabad a further two lengths behind in third place.

It was the fourth Breeders' Cup Turf victory for Dettori, with wins coming previously aboard Daylami in 1999, Fantastic Light in 2001 and Red Rocks, trained by Meehan, in 2006.

Meehan commented, "He's a very talented horse that has kept improving and improving. We've always liked him and he's come through.

"We felt the blinkers would help him on this tight track, he just kept quickening and quickening up the straight."

Dettori was relieved saying, "Thank God, I thought I was going home without a winner and he was my last chance, but we got there in the end.

"I had a great trip. The blinkers kept him alive, he didn't handle the corners very well but I kept him balanced and we had no pressure all the way.

"It felt really good to get this one, he's a good horse."

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