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Newmarket jockey Frankie Detorri annihilates Epsom Oaks field with record-breaking win on Snowfall for Aidan O'Brien while George Boughey enjoys memorable festival debut




They may not have been paired together but day one of the Epsom Derby Festival proved to be a truly memorable one for Newmarket's Frankie Dettori and George Boughey.

Jockey Dettori, who recently celebrated his 50th birthday, continued to write the sport's history by cruising to a record-breaking 16th length victory aboard Aidan O'Brien's Snowfall in the day's headline race, the Cazoo Epsom Oaks.

His astonishing victory on the 5/1 third favourite was fittingly in front of the first crowd at a major Flat racing meeting this year, leading to his trademark flying dismount.

Frankie Dettori celebrates after riding Snowfall to a 16 length victory in the Cazoo Oaks at Epsom Picture: Dan Abraham-focusonracing.com
Frankie Dettori celebrates after riding Snowfall to a 16 length victory in the Cazoo Oaks at Epsom Picture: Dan Abraham-focusonracing.com

He flew past long-time leader Mystery Angel – a 50/1 shot for young trainer Boughey who claimed second – heading into the final straight before stretching out an extraordinary lead.

While it continued the Irish Coolmore domination of the race for O'Brien – a fifth victory in seven years – it also delivered a sixth Oaks for Dettori in some style.

"She went through like a knife through butter," he told ITV.

Frankie Dettori left the chasing field trailing in the distance in the Cazoo Oaks on Snowfall Picture: Hugh Routledge
Frankie Dettori left the chasing field trailing in the distance in the Cazoo Oaks on Snowfall Picture: Hugh Routledge

Asked if he had ever ridden a Classic winner that was as easy as that, he replied: "No, I will take it!"

Meanwhile, it was former Hugo Palmer assistant Boughey's first time at the prestigious festival since being granted his own trainer's licence in July 2019.

And it got off to the perfect start for the Saffron House Stables team, by winning the first race of the day, the Class 2 Cazoo Woodcote EBF Stakes with 15/2 shot Oscula, ridden by Mark Crehan.

The Irish two-year-old led from two furlongs out to secure a three lengths victory and claim the £23,193 first price in the six furlong three yard conditions race.

Newmarket trainer George Boughey had a successful debut day as a trainer at Epsom Picture: Mark Westley
Newmarket trainer George Boughey had a successful debut day as a trainer at Epsom Picture: Mark Westley

Later in the afternoon Boughey's Mystery Angel, ridden by Ben Curtis, defied the odds to run a very strong race in the Oaks.

The winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes on Newmarket's Guineas meeting took over the lead 10 furlongs from home from Sherbet Lemon and stayed on well for second place, and a cool £84,925 prize fund.

Newmarket trainers and jockeys will be hoping to create further success stories on tomorrow's Epsom Derby card.

Mark Crehan guides Oscula to victory for Newmarket's George Boughey in the Cazoo Woodcote EBF Stakes at Epsom Picture: Hugh Routledge
Mark Crehan guides Oscula to victory for Newmarket's George Boughey in the Cazoo Woodcote EBF Stakes at Epsom Picture: Hugh Routledge

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