FRANKIE DETTORI was flying high once again as he steered Anapurna to a gritty Oaks win.

John Gosden's filly toughed it out in the closing stages to get the better of Pink Dogwood.

The race was strongly run, courtesy of Lavender's Blue, and Dettori had Anapurna in the box seat in behind the leaders.

It got pretty rough for a number of fillies at the top of the straight, with the favourite Mehdaayih (11-4f) one of several left with nowhere to go.

Approaching the final furlong, it looked for all the world that Pink Dogwood would claim victory for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore as she swooped down the outside to lead.

But the petrol tank began to empty after that big move and Anapurna, who had saved ground the whole way round, rallied to edge ahead close home.

Gosden, who was claiming his third Oaks win, said: "A brave performance by the filly and brave from the jockey.

"He found a gap on the inside. Unfortunately our other filly Meyhdaayih got nothing but smashed and bumped around everywhere.

"I thought coming past the furlong pole Ryan Moore (on Pink Dogwood) had got it, but somehow this filly found the courage of reserves and energy to get her head back in front.

"The last 50 yards are uphill and she basically outstayed the other filly. Full marks to both riders and both fillies - two magnificent fillies."

A jubilant Dettori added: "I thought the other one had a better turn of foot, but I knew mine would stay really well - it was just a matter of getting a good run round and I did.

"For a minute I couldn't get out and it took a furlong to get going and Ryan had three lengths on me, but I knew she would come home good.

"I was getting him and then in the last 30 yards I got him. Beautiful.

"I absolutely love it. My first one (Oaks on Balanchine) was 25 years ago and I'm still here."

 

 

 

 

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