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Saturday 3 December 2016

Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori share the limelight

Denise Lewis embraces winning jockey Frankie Dettori following his victory in the Sandringham Handicap on board Osaila during day two of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse
Denise Lewis embraces winning jockey Frankie Dettori following his victory in the Sandringham Handicap on board Osaila during day two of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse

Two very different characters, but two incredibly talented individuals.

Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori were both making the headlines last night as Moore followed his opening day treble with a Day Two double, while Dettori won the finale to notch up his 50th Royal Ascot winner.

Moore was now familiarly wearing the navy John Magnier colours for his first winner as he teamed up with top American trainer Wesley Ward and Acapulco to win the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes.

The well-backed filly travelled strongly throughout and had plenty in hand when passing the line a length and a half in front under Moore, who quite rightly is being hailed by most as the best in the world at the moment. He went into today’s action on 32 Royal Ascot winners and just three off the record of eight at the one meeting.

Meanwhile, Dettori (pictured) had to wait until the last and a lengthy examination of the photo-finish by the judge to have his 50th winner at the meeting confirmed as Osaila just obliged by a nose in the concluding Sandringham Handicap.

The Italian is such a recognisable figure in the sport but has, in recent times, had moments where retirement was on his mind.

He complemented his two Classic victories in the last couple of weeks by joining an elite group of top class riders including Pat Eddery, Willie Carson and the great Lester Piggott to reach the 50 mark at Royal Ascot.

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