A’Ali wins the 2019 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot

Frankie Dettori steered A’Ali to a narrow victory in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Despite having to make do with the runner-up spot on his racecourse debut at Ripon a fortnight ago, plenty was expected of Simon Crisford’s juvenile in this five-furlong Group Two as he was towards the head of the market at 5-1.

The well-backed 13-8 favourite Sunday Sovereign moved smoothly to the front racing inside the final two furlongs, but his effort petered out once push came to shove and A’Ali quickly powered into a clear advantage.

After meeting traffic problems, Ventura Rebel was really finding his stride late in the day, but was a neck down at the line.

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