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Frankie Dettori wins Royal Ascot showpiece

Frankie Dettori on "Rewilding" beats Ryan Moore on "So You Think" to win The Prince of Wales' Stakes on the second day of the Royal Ascot ra
Frankie Dettori on "Rewilding" beats Ryan Moore on "So You Think" to win The Prince of Wales' Stakes on the second day of the Royal Ascot ra

LONDON (Reuters) - Rewilding, ridden by Frankie Dettori, upset hot favorite So You Think to win the Prince Of Wales's Stakes, the feature race on the second day of Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

So You Think, a Group One winner and top middle-distance performer in Australia before joining Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien in a multi-million pound deal at the end of last year, was sent off as the 4-11 favorite but was worn down in the final strides by Dettori and Rewilding (17-2) who won by a neck.

Rewilding is trained in Newmarket by Mahmood Al Zarooni for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin stable.

"It was a tremendous battle with two great horses. When I got past him it was a sheer joy," said Italian Dettori, who was later hit with a nine-day ban by stewards for using his whip with excessive frequency on the winner.

"When you see two great horses battle it out like this it's a sheer joy to be in a race like this.

"Rewilding doesn't get the recognition he deserves. He's a very good horse and he showed his true colors today."

O'Brien blamed himself for So You Think's defeat, saying he had misjudged the five-year-old's preparation.

"It was trainer error. He had a long blow after the race and I don't think I had him fit enough," he said.

The big-striding and imposing So You Think has amassed over three million pounds ($4.90 million) in prizemoney and was third when favorite for the Melbourne Cup in November.

Trainer Richard Hannon and son-in-law jockey Richard Hughes, successful with Canford Cliffs in the Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday, had another memorable day.

The pair teamed up to win the Jersey Stakes with Strong Suit (11-1) and the Queen Mary Stakes with Best Terms (12-1).

(Writing by Justin Palmer, editing by Ed Osmond)

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