Frankie Dettori rides 50th Royal Ascot winner

Jockey Frankie Dettori claimed his 50th career Royal Ascot win with victory on Osaila in the Sandringham Handicap.

The Italian-born 44-year-old won on the Richard Hannon-trained 13-2 shot in a photo finish from Always Smile.

"Fifty is a big number," he said. "To join the greats like Lester Piggott and Pat Eddery means a lot."

Earlier, Free Eagle, the 5-2 favourite, edged out The Grey Gatsby by a short head to win the Prince of Wales's Stakes.

Ridden by Pat Smullen, the Dermot Weld-trained horse held off the fast-finishing second, with Western Hymn third.

He joins a select group of three jockeys by passing the 50 winners mark at the Royal meeting.

Piggott leads the way on all-time triumphs, with 116, followed by Eddery (73) and Willie Carson (56).

Dettori made his trademark flying dismount after his latest success and said took particular delight in winning for his "boss", Sheikh Joaan.

Dettori has bounced back after splitting from his long-term employers Godolphin in 2012.

He was also banned for six months after testing positive for cocaine.

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