Dettori completes double

CLIVE BRITTAIN’S return to the big time continued at Chester yesterday as Dutch Gold spread-eagled his rivals to win the Victor Chandler Chester Vase.

The 69-year-old trainer may be down on numbers compared to seasons gone by but he showed that the glory days are far from over for his Newmarket stables.

A tilt at the Derby beckons for Dutch Gold, although it remains to be seen whether that is the Epsom or Milan version of the Classic, or both.

Brittain took this Group Three contest in 1995 with Luso, who went on to win the Italian Derby and add to the trainer's CV of big-race successes.

Other notable names on the roll of honour in the past quarter of a century include Henbit, Unfuwain and Shergar, who won the race by 10 lengths.

Dutch Gold's six-length success over Summerland didn't quite equal that winning margin but was still most impressive.

Frankie Dettori soon sent his mount into the early lead and gradually wound the pace up from the front, extending his advantage throughout the final three furlongs.

Summerland stayed on at one pace to finish a further five lengths ahead of disappointing favourite Risk Taker.

"It has just been a case of trying to get the message through to him," said Brittain, who has only six three-year-old colts in training at present.

"We always knew he would keep getting better with time and over further trips and Frankie rode a great race on him. He doesn't just ride with his arse, he uses his brain as well.

"It takes a brave horse to make all around here it's a jockey's track because it is so tactical. But I am a great believer in Chester, you wouldn't get any better ground anywhere else and it is a great test for a racehorse.

"I bought Luso here before he won the Italian Derby and if anything this colt has a bit more speed than Luso."

Dutch Gold is entered in the Italian Derby and the King Edward VII Stakes already, but in common with most horses owned by the Maktoum family has not yet been put in the Vodafone Derby.

"Darley do not tend to enter their horses at the yearling stage as they just have so many that it is better to wait," said John Ferguson, racing manager for successful owner Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum.

"I will need to go home and talk to Sheikh Marwan before we decide if he pay the money to put him in at Epsom.

"He is a half-brother to Crimplene so there is a slight question-mark over his stamina but he stayed on well there."

Parasol extended his unbeaten sequence to four this season with a comfortable victory in the Listed Reitling Watches & Waltons Of Chester Huxley Stakes to complete a Dettori double.

Dettori sent the David Loder-trained colt into the lead with just over a furlong to run, and though the long-time leader Vintage Premium rallied gamely Parasol held him at bay by three-quarters of a length.

A trip to Chicago is now on the cards for the winner.

Loder said: "I think the Arlington Million in Chicago will suit him, but that is a long way away (August 16) in the meantime we have been slightly discussing whether we might step him up to a mile and a half at some stage and to Group Three company.

"I would not want to throw him in at the deep end in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes, but the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot might be a nice race for him, after perhaps a run in the Brigadier Gerard at Sandown but there is nothing set in stone at this stage."

He added: "I know your heart is in your mouth with him, but he only just does enough and every jockey comes back and says they did not get to the bottom of him I just don't know how good he is but he keeps progressing so we will see."

Liverpool soccer star Dietmar Hamann was on the treatment table and was unable to make the trip to see his Caldy Dancer put up an impressive performance under Franny Norton in the Joseph Heler Cheshire Cheese Lily Agnes Conditions Stakes.

Caldy Dancer is trained by Alan Berry, who said: "The plan was to try and win with her at Haydock and that came off and then we wanted to come here so it is great to see her do it again we will probably run her in the Hilary Needler at Beverley and if everything went right there we would go for the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot."

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