Ebor Festival: Magnificent Marsha cuts Frankie Dettori down to land Nunthorpe Stakes

Marsha ridden by Luke Morris (second left) narrowly wins The Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York. Picture: Simon Cooper/PA.
Marsha ridden by Luke Morris (second left) narrowly wins The Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York. Picture: Simon Cooper/PA.
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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.”