Last Updated: 20/06/19 2:54pm
A’Ali (centre) beats Ventura Rebel to win the Norfolk Stakes
Old allies Simon Crisford and Frankie Dettori teamed up with A’Ali to win the Norfolk Stakes, the opening race on Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot.
Second on his only previous outing to date at Ripon, he was a well-backed 5-1 second choice in the market and came cruising past the favourite Sunday Sovereign on entering the final furlong.
Ventura Rebel emerged from the pack to chase A’Ali, but Dettori was always holding him for a cosy win.
Crisford used to be racing manager at Godolphin, who were Dettori’s employers for many years.
Dettori told ITV Racing: “He was travelling so good, he did everything like a professional, he maybe idled a bit in front.
“I’m pleased to get a winner for Simon, I was with him for over 20 years at Godolphin so I’m delighted.”