Frankie Dettori must have thought it could not get much better than 2001, when he rode 16 Group One winners in a season.
However, with Anapurna having triumphed in the Prix de Royallieu at ParisLongchamp, Dettori has notched a new personal best of 17 top-level successes.
We look back at the horses that we contributed to his excellent tally in the current campaign.
Trained by Martyn Meade, Advertise bounced back from a poor 2000 Guineas run with a clear-cut victory in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, before triumphing in all-aged company in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville in August.
A wide-margin winner of her Classic trial at Lingfield, Dettori opted for Anapurna over better-fancied stablemate Mehdaayih at Epsom and the decision paid off with Investec Oaks glory. She then gave Dettori his 17th top-level winner of the season when landing the Prix de Royallieu at ParisLongchamp on the first day of the Arc meeting.
Having fallen short at the highest level in Britain, Coronet clearly thrives in France as victories in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in June and the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville in August shows.
With regular rider Ryan Moore required for Magical, Dettori stepped into the breach on Sir Michael Stoute’s nearly-horse to lift the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot – with Moore back in second.
Dettori makes no bones about the dual Arc winner being the best he has ever ridden and three Group One wins this term evidence that view. While her Eclipse and Yorkshire Oaks victories were excellent in their own right, Enable and Crystal Ocean duking it out down the Ascot straight in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes in July really was a race for the ages.
Unbeaten in four starts heading to Doncaster, Logician was a short-priced favourite for St Leger honours and he duly obliged with a comfortable success to make it 15 top-level wins for Dettori.
The undisputed staying king of Europe, the five-year-old repeated his victories of last year in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and the Goodwood Cup before going on to complete the stayers’ triple crown in the Doncaster Cup.
A late-bloomer for the Dettori-Gosden axis, she claimed Classic glory in the Irish Oaks in July before returning from a break to win the Prix Vermeille at ParisLongchamp on Arc Trials Day in September.
Too Darn Hot
Expected to star after an all-conquering juvenile campaign, Too Darn Hot took some time to get rolling but bounced back to winning form in the Prix Jean Prat before adding Sussex Stakes gold at Goodwood.
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