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Frankie Dettori has lovely Time

By Frank Brownlow

Published 19/06/2015

Big number: Frankie Dettori celebrates win number 51 at Royal Ascot on Time Test
Big number: Frankie Dettori celebrates win number 51 at Royal Ascot on Time Test

Frankie Dettori praised his "lovely horse" Time Test after the Italian's stunning run of success continued with victory in the Tercentenary Stakes.

Dettori had racked up his half century of Royal Ascot winners on Wednesday on board Osaila in the Sandringham, which followed fast on the heels of Epsom Derby glory on Golden Horn.

Dettori doesn't yet have a ride in today's feature, the Coronation Stakes, in which Aidan O'Brien's Found is the favourite with the in-form Ryan Moore - a treble yesterday made it a record-equalling eight for the week - riding.

Dettori (44) was mightily impressed by Time Test, trained by Roger Charlton.

"What a lovely horse. He's like a bicycle. You can put him wherever you want," Dettori said.

"He feels like a Group One horse. What he showed, not many horses can do.

"I didn't have to do too much. He was very good, it was the perfect race.

"I had so much horse I pulled him to the outside and he wanted to take off."

Asked how it felt when Time Test did just that, he added: "It was great!"

Charlton said: "Frankie is on such a roll and it's so good for racing.

"Racing's going well, the weather's great, this week's fantastic, so it's all good."

On Time Test's display, Charlton stated: "Frankie said you can put him anywhere in a race, that he loves this ground and all the things to give you a chance to win more races."

While Dettori was taking his Royal Ascot career tally to 51, Moore made it 31 in total.

Successful earlier on the card on O'Brien's Waterloo Bridge in the Norfolk Stakes and the David Wachman-trained Curvy in the Ribblesdale Stakes, Moore completed a treble on War Envoy in the Britannia Stakes.

O'Brien said: "I'm delighted. What can I say about Ryan? He's a marvellous jockey, probably the greatest I've ever seen. He's a total professional and fully committed. He has a great feel about a horse and about a race."

Trip To Paris landed the Royal meeting's highlight, the Gold Cup, under jockey Graham Lee.

Grand National winner Lee - who partnered Amberleigh House in the 2004 Aintree showpiece - was riding his first winner at the Royal meeting in British Flat racing's longest Group One showdown.

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