Frankie Dettori edges the verdict with thrilling win on Westerland

Sat 16 Sep 2017

Frankie Dettori treated his legion of fans to a victory at Doncaster as he rode a power-packed finish on Westerland to snatch the Napoleons Casinos & Restaurants Nursery Handicap.

Dettori and champion jockey Jim Crowley were locked together in a thrilling finish to the mile heat and it was the Italian who got the verdict.

Westerland (13-8 favourite), trained by John Gosden, was a short-head in front at the line with the four other runners well beaten off.

Dettori said: "He's hit the crossbar a few times and has finally got his head in front again.

"The cheekpieces helped."

Gosden said: "Khalidi won this last year, it's a nice nursery but it wasn't a very big field.

"I'm very pleased with him, we had to put the cheekpieces on him and I'm pleased he did it.

"They just helped him as I think he was a touch keen early but he's gone and won his race giving 2lb to the second, so that's great."

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