Royal Ascot hero A’Ali followed up with a cosy success in the Darley Prix Robert Papin at Deauville and provided the flying Frankie Dettori with yet another high-profile win.
Runner-up on his debut at Ripon in early June, Simon Crisford’s juvenile went one better in the Norfolk Stakes at the Royal meeting, initiating a memorable four-timer on the day for jockey Dettori.
Stepping up half a furlong in distance yesterday, the son of Society Rock was a prohibitively priced 4-6 favourite for his latest Group Two assignment – and odds-on backers were made to sweat.
Dettori positioned the market leader in midfield for much of the way as My Love’s Passion blazed a trail in front. The in-form jockey had to get to work with over a furlong still to run, but A’Ali responded to pick up the leader – and he was ultimately well on top at the line.
Crisford said: “He’s shown an impressive turn of foot there, so we might come back for the Prix Morny – that is under strong consideration. He’s a very easy colt to deal with, very willing and has a good turn of foot, so he’s got all the attributes to be a very good racehorse.”
A'ALI continues to impress as he lands the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin for Simon Crisford and Frankie Dettori!pic.twitter.com/ipUphcPQCk
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Paddy Power makes A’Ali an 8-1 shot for the Coolmore Nunthorpe at York on Aug 23, but he appears more likely to stick to his own age group, and step up to six furlongs, in either the Prix Morny at Deauville or the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.
Crisford added: “He’ll come back for one of these Group One races.” A’Ali was Dettori’s second winner on the card, the Italian having earlier struck gold on John Gosden’s Twist ‘N’ Shake with a dominant victory in the Prix de Bagatelle.
A creditable fourth in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, the daughter of Kingman had less on her plate in this one-mile Listed event. The 2-5 favourite raced quickly and put distance between herself and her rivals once popped the question by Dettori, with Fount second.
Mark Weinfeld, managing partner of owners Helena Springfield Ltd, said: “That was absolutely superb. We’re delighted. “It’s really nice to get proper black type with her. She’s a nice little filly, she is small. I believe there is a Group Three back here for her in August, so that might be a target, but we’ll see how she comes out of this race first of all.”