FRANKIE Dettori produced another front-running masterclass in the saddle as Star Catcher gave him a fifth win this century in the Group 1 Kerrygold Irish Oaks at the Curragh.
Supplemented for €40,000 at the confirmation stage by owner Anthony Oppenheimer, the John Gosden-trained filly was allowed her own way in front.
Star Catcher says catch me if you can— Racing TV (@RacingTV) July 20, 2019
...and they can't!
She wins the Kerrygold Irish Oaks
It's another Classic for @FrankieDettori for the same connections as 2015 hero Golden Horn pic.twitter.com/LrUq4zgEV1
Dettori was able to dictate the pace virtually from the outset on the Ribblesdale Stakes winner, from Peach Tree and Manuela De Vega.
Quickening three furlongs out, Star Catcher (7/2) held a healthy advantage until the Aidan O’Brien-trained Fleeting put in a strong late effort.
However, Star Catcher pulled out more to win by a half a length. Pink Dogwood, also from the O’Brien stable, was four and a half lengths back in third.
"A tailwind in the straight helps if you're on a front runner"— Racing TV (@RacingTV) July 20, 2019
It was yet another tactical masterclass from that man @FrankieDettori in the big race of the weekend as Star Catcher took the Irish Oaks at @curraghrace
Results ?https://t.co/glajGV55GR pic.twitter.com/h9VY9LA2RA