Dettori Gives Opinion In Lonsdale Cup

Jockey Frankie Dettori has scored well on mount Opinion Poll, who gave a brave performance to win the Weatherbys Insurance Lonsdale Cup at York.

Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori

It was questioned prior to the event whether he would be able to manage the quickening ground conditions, with the Michael Jarvis charge settled towards the rear, making some headway three furlongs out.

Opinion Poll found most down the outside throwing down the challenge over one furlong out to Samuel, who was travelling well for the better part of the competition, and King Of Wands also keeping in touch, but the Dettori mount got to the front inside the last furlong to register a half a length victory.

Dettori commented after the race, "You don't want too many of these in one day. He was quite lazy half-way through the race.

"We had to knuckle down deep in the last two, but I knew there was plenty in the locker.

"He is a much better horse on soft ground but he showed great guts today.

"The autumn is going to be scorching when he gets the ground."

The trainer's assistant Roger Varian said, "It's a bit frustrating. We can run him on good ground but everybody knows he's better on softer.

"He's not had soft ground since he won at Nottingham. He lets himself down on good ground, but not on anything quicker.

"In hindsight, it was a good decision not to run him in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and hopefully we can have a good autumn with him.

"He's very relaxed, which gives him every chance of staying even further."

John Gosden, trainer of runner up Samuel and third placed King Of Wands, said, "They both ran great. They could have done with a stronger pace but Richard slowed it down in front and that's his business."

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