Having won the Derby, the Eclipse, the French Oaks and the Diamond Jubilee already this season, the Italian is enjoying a real Indian summer to his career.
This success will have meant more than most, though, as the Hugo Palmer-trained juvenile was running in the Al Shaqab silks of Dettori’s boss, Sheikh Joaan, for the first time.
Drawn widest of all, Dettori bided his time until a gap appeared and the Paco Boy colt quickened smartly to beat Ibn Malik by three-quarters of a length, earning a general quote of 33-1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas.
“I got a good run through on the inside, he was very brave and quickened up very well,” said Dettori after the 9-2 success.
“It’s the first runner of the meeting for us (Al Shaqab Racing), we’ve started off with a winner and my boss (Sheikh Joaan) is here today.”
The owner’s racing manager, Harry Herbert, said: “It’s so exciting. Sheikh Joaan has just arrived to see the race and see Goodwood in all its glory. He is sponsoring the meeting this year, it’s a dream start.
“I’m thrilled, too, for Hugo, who is on his honeymoon and can’t be here. I’ve just spoken to him and he’s watching from the beach in Turkey.”
On future plans, Herbert said: “I’ve only spoken briefly to Hugo, but looking at the horse we must preserve him for the future. We’ll see where we go now, he’s a horse that can only get better. We don’t want to be greedy and hopefully races likes the Jean-Luc Lagardere, on the Qatar weekend in Paris, the Dewhurst or Racing Post Trophy might be on the agenda.”
Another horse to win in new silks at the first attempt was Toormore in the Qatar Lennox Stakes.
Still with Richard Hannon but now running in Godolphin blue, he made all the running under James Doyle to make the most of a drop in class.
The year younger Dutch Connection came with a late flourish but there was three-quarters of a length between the 9-4 joint-favourites at the line.
Hannon was delighted to see Toormore gain his first victory since landing the Craven Stakes at Newmarket in April of last year.
“He did it the hard way. He was in front, they came to him one by one, and he proved his class,” Hannon said.
“These horses are hard to find, so it’s great he’s got his head in front and now that he’s done that and got his confidence, he might go for the Jacques le Marois.”
Hannon then saddled the first two from five runners in the Kish Armstrong Memorial EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes when Inland Sea (4-1 favourite) held off Hughes on Papa Luigi.
Harry Bentley was on the winner.
“He’s got a beautiful pedigree being a full-brother to No Nay Never and down the line he’ll hopefully be winning nice races. He never looked like getting beaten to me and he might be one for the Mill Reef,” said Hannon.
Another man who thrives on the Sussex Downs is Mark Johnston and his Blue Wave defied a 416-day absence to win the Summer Stakes.
It was Johnston’s 64th winner at Glorious Goodwood and a 44th for July, breaking his own record.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted with that. We thought it was coming too soon as he was a bit overweight.
“It was a pretty serious injury, we’ve brought him along steadily, but I just thought he was a bit short (of work). Clearly, he wasn’t!”
Ridge Ranger was an emphatic winner of the Weatherbys Private Banking Stakes. A winner at Wetherby and Chester already this season, Eric Alston’s sprinter was a 14-1 shot after finishing down the field at York in early June but bounced back to form.
Winning owner-breeder Con Harrington said: “At York last time she broke badly and that ruined her chance.
“She showed lots of speed today and we’ll just wait and see what the handicapper does.”
There was drama at the start as the tricky Humidor, who had to be walked to post before being mounted by James Doyle, reared up when the gates opened and took no part but was deemed a runner by the stewards.
Adam Kirby was back in Sheikh Mohammed Obaid’s yellow and black silks and they were carried to victory once more as Mount Logan (8-1) ran out a convincing winner of the Sky Bet First Race Special Stakes.
Despite being the owner’s retained rider, Kirby was replaced by Andrea Atzeni on Postponed in Saturday’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Luca Cumani-trained four-year-old landed the midsummer showpiece in a thrilling finish.
Reflecting on the weekend, Kirby said: “Most of all I was pleased for the team, Mr Cumani and the boss.
“More importantly I’m delighted for the horse because he deserved to win a big one as he’s been running well.”
He added: “Everything went well for this lad today, he’d been running well and it all dropped right.”
Atzeni was on the scoresheet himself when Robert Eddery’s Mister Music caused a 20-1 upset in the Turf Club Stakes.