FRANKIE Dettori’s celebrations proved embarrassingly premature at the end of a dramatic Group One Nunthorpe Stakes won by the magnificent Marsha.
The Italian thought that American filly Lady Aurelia had just clung on to a rapidly diminishing lead, but the photo-finish went to Sir Mark Prescott’s sprinter who was ridden superlatively by Luke Morris.
Sir Mark is a genius. I have been with him five years now and we’ve had some great days. It’s fantastic for the owners.Jockey Luke Morris
The two fillies had pulled well clear of their rivals – Battaash dropped out of the reckoning after playing up a story while the David Griffiths-trained 10-year-old Take Cover was unable to land a blow.
Marsha’s win in the colours of the Elite Racing Club syndicate was a major boost for the winning trainer and jockey who team up with Flymetothestars in today’s Ebor.
The victory was summed up by a disbelieving Morris who initially wasn’t sure of the outcome. “I wasn’t sure and when I saw Frankie put his arm up, I was gutted as I thought he had won, then someone said congratulations to me and it turned into jubilation,” said the jockey.
“Sir Mark is a genius. I have been with him five years now and we’ve had some great days.
“It’s fantastic for the owners. It’s great for the man in the street to be involved with a horse like this.”