Frankie Dettori gets Derby boost from Khalidi victory at Goodwood

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Thirty years ago next month a 16-year-old apprentice called Frankie Dettori rode his first winner at this breathtaking downland track and, if Ascot is the racecourse most readily associated with his long career, Goodwood cannot be far behind. Dettori has long since mastered its contours and quirks and he was impeccable again aboard Khalidi on Friday as the colt took the Cocked Hat Stakes in course-record time.

Monarchs Glen, a stable companion of Khalidi at the John Gosden yard, flew out of the stalls and raced freely through the first mile, extending his lead to about 10 lengths at one stage. He started to come back to the field with a quarter of a mile to run, however, and Khalidi was soon in command, going on to cross the line five lengths in front of Fierce Impact.

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