Frankie Dettori returned to action at Lingfield with two winners from his first two attempts, beginning when Eco Warrior made every yard of the running in the coral.co.uk Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
Having his first ride since October 2 following a broken ankle, Dettori bounced John Hills’ four-year-old into the lead from the off and was never headed.
Eco Warrior looked in trouble down the back straight, with the Italian pushing away and odds-on favourite Wilhana looming large. However, the 8-1 chance kept responding and Dettori’s mount gamely held on by a neck.
Dettori said: “He tested me big time as he was very lazy, but it’s been a fairytale comeback.
“Thank you to my surgeon Mr Robinson for screwing me back together and to everyone for putting up with me for the last three months. It’s nice to be out of the house and nice to do what I love, racing.
“I’ve got no pain, it’s just trying to get my strength back and there’s nothing like race-riding. That was a big pipe-opener and I’ll keep myself busy, it’s the mental awareness of racing, that’s what you have to sharpen up.”
It became a dream return for Dettori when Gone With The Wind provided him with a double in the 32Red.com Maiden Stakes. The Italian had been riding Jeremy Noseda’s three-year-old on the Newmarket gallops and advised the trainer to run him in this race.
Wearing the Paul and Susan Roy colours he sported in Classic victory on Sixties Icon in the St Leger, Dettori once more had to work very hard as Android challenged up the rail but prevailed by a neck on the 7-4 favourite.
Dettori said: “I started riding out for Jeremy and I rode this horse. Jeremy said ‘he’s running next week, do you want to ride him?’. He worked well, so I said yes. He gave me an easier ride than the first one, and I’m still 100 per cent!”
Dettori was out of luck with his third and final ride Exemplary, who was seventh to Arch Villain in the 32Red Conditions Stakes. Amanda Perrett’s 11-4 favourite was fourth at the course late last month and does well on Polytrack, getting the best of a three-way finish from Communicator and Ted Spread by a head and a nose.
Arch Villian took an amazing three seconds off the track record, and Perrett said: “He won another �19,000 race at Kempton, so it’s been worth keeping him going. He’s qualified for Good Friday. We’ll have to wait and see as it’ll be a much tougher race, but we’ll be looking at it.”Read the rest of the story British Horseracing Authority News Headlines