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Dettori wins first ride back

Frankie Dettori won on his first ride back in the saddle aboard Eco Warrior in the coral.co.uk Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Lingfield.

The Italian jockey made all aboard the John Hills-trained 8/1 shot and the pair saw off the odds-on favourite Wilhana by a neck in a driving finish.

The three-times champion jockey has been sidelined since early October when he suffered a fractured ankle in a fall going down to the start before a race at Nottingham.

Dettori said: "He tested me big time as he was very lazy, but it's been a fairytale comeback.

"Thank you to my surgeon Mr Robinson for screwing me back together and to everyone for putting up with me for the last three months. It's nice to be out of the house and nice to do what I love, racing.

"I've got no pain, it's just trying to get my strength back and there's nothing like race-riding.

"That was a big pipe-opener and I'll keep myself busy, it's the mental awareness of racing, that's what you have to sharpen up."