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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 September 2006, 14:57 GMT 15:57 UK
Sixties Icon romps to Leger win
Frankie Dettori on Sixties Icon
Dettori stretched out Sixties Icon for an easy win
Frankie Dettori claimed his fourth St Leger as he produced the 11-8 favourite Sixties Icon with a powerful late burst to triumph at York.

It was a first British Classic success for Newmarket trainer Jeremy Noseda.

The Last Drop, a 50-1 outsider, hit the front with two furlongs to travel but Dettori was just biding his time and he burst clear with a furlong to go.

He won by two-and-a-half lengths from The Last Drop, who stayed on to finish second, with Red Rocks in third.

Galient had made the early running in the final classic of the season until joined by Championship Point.

Championship Point was first to set sail for home as they entered the straight, but he was soon joined by a handful of challengers.

The 1m6f contest was held at York while its traditional Doncaster home is being redeveloped.

Noseda, who as a boy was a regular at Doncaster on Leger day, was thrilled with the result.

Speaking from Keeneland, Kentucky, where he is viewing yearlings, he said: "I'm absolutely delighted, over the moon. I just wish I was there, but the work has to go on.

"It's a great day and thank goodness he did it in the style we anticipated. He never looked like getting beaten."

I heard the crowd roar - and what a great feeling

Frankie Dettori
Dettori, who was recording his 100th winner of the season, had the choice of mounts between the winner and Red Rocks, and was roared home to victory by a crowd of more than 30,000.

After treating his fans to his customary flying dismount, he said: "I was nervous. I wasn't so sure I'd made the right decision but a furlong and a half out, the decision was clear - I couldn't believe how well he was going.

"It is a Classic, one of the best tracks in the world and he was a worthy favourite for a long time.

"When you get that roar from the crowd - I guess it's the same feeling as Thierry Henry has when he takes a penalty."


St Leger, York
1 Sixties Icon (L Dettori) 11-8 Fav
2 The Last Drop (R Hills) 50-1
3 Red Rocks (R Hughes) 4-1
Dist: 2, 1. 11 ran


SEE ALSO
Icon made favourite for St Leger
30 Aug 06 |  Horse Racing


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