Dettori strikes gold with Stradivarius and lands astonishing four-timer

Stradivarius retained the Gold Cup as Frankie Dettori lit up Royal Ascot with an astonishing 449/1 four-timer to bash the bookmakers on Ladies' Day.

Dettori claimed a double on Wednesday and raised the roof time and again on another dream day for the esteemed Italian at a course where he won all seven races in a meeting back in 1996.

The John Gosden-trained Stradivarius bolted up to become the first horse since the great Yeats a decade ago to successfully defend the Gold Cup - sending 60,000 racegoers who were witnessing something special into a frenzy.

Dettori already had a treble in the bag by the time the five-year-old superstar, an even-money favourite, escaped from being cramped for room to charge up and beat Dee Ex Bee by a length.

"What an amazing horse, he's got me out of trouble. He's a horse for the occasion and I love him dearly," Dettori told ITV Racing after winning the biggest race of the meeting for a seventh time.

A seventh consecutive win for the magnificent Stradivarius made it four from four for Dettori, but he was denied a perfect day when he finished second behind Biometric (28/1) aboard the unsurprisingly well backed Turgenev in the Britannia Stakes.

Turgenev led a big field in the one-mile sprint until Biometric - trained by Ralph Beckett - stormed past under Harry Bentley on good to soft ground.

The Simon Crisford-trained A'Ali (5/1) got Dettori off to a winning start in the Norfolk Stakes and he doubled up his tally for the week when Sangarius (13/2), saddled by Michael Stoute, took the honours in the Hampton Court Stakes.

There was no stopping Dettori as Star Catcher (4/1) landed the Ribblesdale Stakes before Stradivarius took the spoils yet again, sending Gosden into the winners' enclosure for the second time of the day.

Aidan O'Brien celebrated a one-two-three in a King George V Stakes that was won by South Pacific after Biometric's success, but that did not take any gloss of a glorious day for Dettori with the Queen watching on.

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