Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bygone Days Brought Up to Speed as Dettori Wins

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bygone Days Brought Up to Speed as Dettori Wins

Article excerpt

Frankie Dettori rewarded his legions of supporters when he brought Bygone Days home a decisive winner of the totesport 0800 221 221 Conditions Stakes at Hamilton.

Bygone Days (3-1) was having his first run for Godolphin having been successful on his last British start when trained by William Haggas.

He was placed on three of his four runs in Dubai over the winter but never actually got his head in front.

The five-year-old was ridden with some confidence by Dettori though, and was always pulling over his rivals before hitting the front inside the final furlong.

Bygone Days tended to edge left in front but he comfortably held off the challenge of Ayr Gold Cup winner Fonthill Road by three-quarters of a length.

Dettori said: "This is the first time I have ridden the horse and he loved the conditions."

The Mark Brisbourne team had a welcome change of luck when Barbirolli (12-1) came out best in the totesport Series Final

Barbirolli travelled well for apprentice Luke Morris and after making steady progress to lead inside the final quarter mile, he stayed on well to score by three and a half lengths from Paparaazi.

Brisbourne's Brief Statement broke a leg with the winning post in sight in the Bollinger Champagne Series Final at Ascot last Friday, and the trainer said: "We needed a winner to buck us up after the terrible seven days we have had."

Apprentice Charlotte Kerton was suspended for two days (October 6 and 7) for using her whip when out of contention on chance ride Scotty's Future.

Micky Hammond enjoyed a birthday win when George The Best landed a gamble under Paul Hanagan in the Hamilton Park Handicap.

George The Best, who had been available at 20-1 on the betting exchanges, was eventually sent off a 7-1 chance and he was always up with the pace under Paul Hanagan.

Despite edging left and right, he was kept going in good style by Hanagan to hold the challenge of Joyeaux by a neck with Newkeylets the same distance away in third. …

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