Dettori, Gosden strike again in Juvenile.
FRANKIE DETTORI executed his trademark flying dismount, the crowd applauded, and Pounced gave Dettori and trainer John Gosden their second successive Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf victory.
Gosden had indicated that Pounced, second in the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere at Longchamp last month, was as good as last year's winner, Donativum, and he was right. Ladbrokes quote Pounced at 20-1 for next year's Stanjames.com 2,000 Guineas.
Always stalking the modest pace set by Bridgetown, Dettori brought owner Lady Rothschild's Pounced with a patient, smooth and irresistible surge between Bridgetown and Interactif to clinch the $1million race. This was a fine ride from Dettori, his largely hands-and-heels, rhythmic style contrasting sharply with the unceasing use of the whip by Kent Desormeaux on Interactif, who finished third.
Gosden said: "He did it great. There wasn't much pace, but Frankie managed to wriggle through a hole."
Aidan O'Brien's Viscount Nelson lost any chance at the start. His rider Johnny Murtagh said: "He was standing sideways in the gate and I couldn't get him to stand right. He ran a great race, but if they don't go fast you've got no chance from that far back."
The Jeremy Noseda-trained Awesome Act finished a creditable fourth under Ryan Moore.
Part-owner Paul Roy said: "I'm a bit disappointed because he didn't settle and then left it late, but he ran a very big race."
Henry Cecil congratulates Tom Queally after he had ridden Midday to victory in the Filly & Mare Turf
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 8, 2009|
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