Updated 17 Jun 2015

Frankie Dettori claimed his 50th winner at Royal Ascot as Osaila got up late in the Sandringham Handicap.

The popular Italian settled Richard Hannon’s well supported 13-2 chance in the middle of the pack for much of the straight mile journey and she was still on the bridle entering the last two furlongs.

Dettori tried to weave a passage between the pacesetting Sulaalaat and 2-1 favourite Always Smile soon after, but the door was swiftly shut in his face as the latter started to edge left.

Always Smile still looked likely to deliver at that stage, but her waywardness got progressively worse in the final furlong, giving Osaila a chance and they flashed by the post almost as one.

After a brief wait, the judge called Osaila the winner by a nose from the market leader, who surely would have won had she charted a straight course.

The Queen’s Touchline just beat Jellicle Ball to third spot.

Dettori said: “I feel great, especially as it is for my boss (Sheikh Joaan, Al Shaqab Racing) and he’s here.

“This was one of my best rides this week and it came off.

“Sheikh Joaan saved my career and I’m very grateful, Ascot is my place and I love it.

“I think she got too hot in the Guineas, perhaps we overshot the target but it doesn’t matter now.

“I was quite happy this morning, but then everything went wrong, Euro Charline wouldn’t go in the stalls and I felt it was going to be one of those days.

“It’s all OK now, I’ve got it off my back.

“James (Doyle, on Always Smile) tried to get first run on me, but she stuck to it really well.

“Fifty is a big number, to join the great like Lester Piggott and Pat Eddery means a lot. I was getting a bit worried because I had some good rides today, but now I’ve done it.”

Hannon said: “We always thought she was very good but she didn’t run her race in the Guineas.

“We’ve got her back now, she put on a lot of weight, she travelled really well and is obviously a very good filly.

“She’s very brave and she battled well as the other filly had gone clear.

“She’s seen out the mile really well but she does have a lot of speed which always worries me when we ask her to go a mile.

“Royal Ascot winners are worth 10 of any other winners.

“She’s won two Group Threes and a Listed race now and there’s no question she’ll go back there (Group One level).”
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