Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A and He Also Rides a Double at Pontefract

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A and He Also Rides a Double at Pontefract

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Byline: By Ray Gilpin

Frankie Dettori kept up the good work at Pontefract yesterday when the popular Italian followed up his six winners at Royal Ascot with a double ( and two flying dismounts ( that thrilled the crowd.

But Kieren Fallon, who also has a huge following at the West Yorkshire track, was not to be outdone and he, too, rode two winners.

One of Dettori's successes came in the familiar blue Godolphin colours on Mutasallil, and afterwards he said: "It is Father's Day so I thought I had better keep the kids happy and do a flying dismount, or they wouldn't have let me go home!"

Mutasallil, trained by Saeed Bin Suroor, made all the running in the Classified Stakes, with Dettori coaxing more and more out of him up the straight to see off the determined challenge of Fallon's mount Kingsword by one and three-quarter lengths.

Dettori completed his brace, on his only two rides, when he sent Schapiro into the lead with three furlongs to race in the Ladbrokes Maiden Stakes and went away to score easing down by six lengths on John Gosden's three-year-old.

Fallon rewarded his supporters when bringing the Alan Swinbank-trained Red Romeo home in front in the Bet Direct Handicap.

Swinbank said: "Red Romeo was not over-trained as a two-year-old and we have been waiting for a little give in the ground really, but we thought the uphill finish here would take the jar out of the ground.

"If the rains do come we might run him at Newcastle on Saturday."

Fallon completed a quick double when he landed the second division of the Maiden Fillies' Stakes on Sir Michael Stoute's newcomer Krynica, a first juvenile winner of the season from the Newmarket yard.

Krynica just got the better of Mark Johnston's debutant Secret History at the surprisingly good odds of 11-2.

Tim Easterby's Thewhirlingdervish won the toteexacta Pontefract Cup for the second time in three years under a splendid ride from Richard Quinn, and his owner Ivan Straker is hoping lightning strikes twice.

Straker said: "He will now go for the Brown Jack Stakes at Ascot ( he won that race two years ago after winning the Pontefract Cup. …

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