Dettori shines on all-the-way Moritz

Punters placed their faith in the rock-solid combination of Frankie Dettori and Mark Johnston as St Moritz became the first successful favourite in the 32Red Trophy at Newmarket since 2003.

As 4-1 market leader, St Moritz was the same price as Patavellian went off seven years ago in a race better known as the Bunbury Cup and broke a run of double-figure winners ever since that day.

Unraced at two and with only six previous starts, the four-year-old had become an obvious candidate after a fine third in the Royal Hunt Cup and he reaped the benefit of Dettori's expertise at his local racecourse.

The Italian decided to stick to the stands side, pushing his mount gradually through the gears as they led the 19-strong field and still found that extra ounce of energy to dent the ambitions of the positively-ridden Palace Moon.

Johnston said: "There had been a lot of debate over where the fastest ground was, but Frankie chose the stands rail and he was always well in command.

"The owners are breeders and we'd like to step out of handicap company and find a Pattern race if we can. Seven furlongs or a mile is fine for him."

William Knight, trainer of Palace Moon, said: "He has been third at Ascot and second here so hopefully we can go one better in the rest of the season. There are no excuses but if he had been drawn better he might have won."

Johnston had earlier given 5lb claimer Amy Ryan a breakthrough ride on Sea Lord (13-2) as she held on in a driving finish aboard the recent Curragh winner in the 32red Casino Handicap.

It was a case of Yorkshire-based families coming together as Ryan is the daughter of trainer Kevin.

Johnston revealed: "I can't remember Amy riding for us before and booking her was only a last minute decision.

"I rang my son Charlie, who is in South Africa, and asked him who the best apprentice who could claim 5lb is and he recommended Amy.

"This horse is climbing the ratings and we may have to look at a Group race next."

The other recurring theme of the meeting had been Richard Hannon's domination of the two-year-old races and he completed a clean-sweep of the juvenile Group heats in the Superlative Stakes.

Richard Hughes, who missed winners on Thursday due to suspension, returned to the plate for King Torus, who had been fourth in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

King Torus (7-2) seemed to have got the better of the leader Ecliptic when his rival drifted alarmingly to the right, but Ahmed Ajtebi regathered himself to close to within a neck.

Hannon's son and assistant Richard junior said: "He did everything wrong at Royal Ascot so we put a chifney bridle on today.

"He did that very nicely and we might look for a race for him at Deauville.

"Later on there's the Dewhurst and the Gran Criterium in Italy to think about."

Mahmood Al Zarooni said of the runner-up: "He gave Ahmed a very hard ride but he is inexperienced and is improving with every race."

The 11-8 favourite, Railway Stakes winner Formosina, dropped away to be last.

Gay Kelleway believes she has a filly with a great future as her newcomer Catfish, ignored in the betting at 40-1, netted the Earl of Euston EBF Maiden.

Kelleway said: "She can be tricky at home but I rode her myself the other day and I said to my head lass that I thought she was the best we've got.

"I had her ready but she grew and we waited. Jimmy Fortune said not to overrace her this season and I think I'd like to go to Deauville now."

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