Falcon Eight wins Chester Cup for Frankie Dettori and Dermot Weld

Falcon Eight came with a storming late run under Frankie Dettori to win the tote+ Chester Cup Handicap.

The 15-2 shot, trained in Ireland by Dermot Weld, had to be brought wide entering the straight to make his challenge.

Once straightened up by Dettori, he quickened up well in refitted blinkers and raced away from the opposition by two lengths.

The rider last won the contest in 1991 – 30 years ago – aboard Star Player.

It was another win in Britain for Ireland – after the raiding team dominated the Cheltenham Festival and Minella Times galloped to glory in the Grand National.

The Grand Visir, one of several runners for Ian Williams, took second, with Hochfeld, part of a five-strong team for Mark Johnston, in third. Coeur de Lion crossed the line in fourth.

Prior to Falcon Eight's success, just one winner in the past 20 years had scored at Listed or Group level – and Dermot Weld's raider faced the starter with one of those on his record.

Dettori said: "They went fast and I looked up and thought I had to take it. I took a pull and saved ground all the way down the back, peeled off two to three wide and sling-shotted round the turn.

"In fairness he picked up. He's a group horse really. Dermot always had this race in mind and he booked me three weeks ago. He's a master at this sort of thing."

Chester Cup result

1. Falcon Eight 15-2

2. The Grand Visir 16-1

3. Hochfeld 9-1

4. Coeur de Lion 10-1

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