Racing: Dettori holds Sonic thrust

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FOR the second time in 24 hours, the prize-giving for a major race was delayed yesterday by a stewards' enquiry. This time, however, the owner of the first horse home did, eventually, receive the trophy, after Lovely Millie was confirmed as the winner of the Solario Stakes at Sandown, writes Greg Wood.

Some might say that Lovely Millie was doubly fortunate, for in the race Sonic Boy, the runner-up, took time to find running room when Lanfranco Dettori's mount went clear on the run to the line. When he finally launched a challenge it failed by just a short-head, and one more stride would surely have been sufficient.

Also second-best was Star Rage, attempting to set a 20th century record by winning a 10th handicap in one season. Mark Johnston's stayer finished second at Chester. His run may be reaching an end, and so too that of Morley Street, the former Champion Hurdler, who is expected to be retired after one more run on the Flat and a swansong over hurdles. 'I've been very fortunate to have him,' Michael Jackson, his owner, said. 'I don't think I will ever own anything even half as good.'