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What About that for Fortune

Jimmy Fortune drove Eve Johnson Houghton's What About Carlo (9/1) to an emotional success in the Investec Out Of The Ordinary Handicap at Epsom

Fortune's wife, Jan, died suddenly three weeks ago and he only returned to the saddle this week.

Fortune said: "He's a very nice horse, I liked him a lot at Sandown and the rain this morning has helped him.

"It means a lot to ride winners at any time, but Derby Day is a special day.

"I needed that, I hadn't ridden a winner for a month. It's been a tough time, but you've got to keep busy.

"Life goes on - Jan would have been the same - you've got to get on with things."

Frankie Dettori's army of followers were able to cheer him home on Richard Hannon's Baitha Alga in the Investec Woodcote Stakes.

Sent off the 15/8 favourite having won at Chester previously, he quickened impressively to follow up the win of Thunder Strike for the yard last season.

Hannon said: "We've always liked him and he can go five or six furlongs at Royal Ascot.

"He's taking his racing very well."

Expanding on Ascot plans, Hannon said: "He couldn't run in the Windsor Castle without a penalty, so it would either be the Norfolk or the Coventry and I'd favour the Coventry at this stage.

Dettori declined a flying dismount, explaining: "I broke my toe five weeks ago when I banged it against the stalls at Warwick.

"It feels OK at the moment, but I didn't really want to risk it with Royal Ascot round the corner."

Tony Carroll's Caspian Prince made nearly every yard of the running to just hold on from Seeking Magic in the Investec Specialist Bank "Dash".

However, the unlucky loser was the 6/1 favourite Steps, who completely missed the break under Kieren Fallon and only had three behind him after a furlong before weaving through the field and flashing home into third, a neck behind Seeking Magic, with Addictive Dream fourth.

"It means a lot, especially for the team at home," said Carroll.

"It's been the plan to come here for a while as he won here before. He's not bred to be a sprinter, he's bred to be a mile-and-a-half horse really, so he's a bit of a freak.

"He's got this incredible speed. There's a nice race at Musselburgh in 10 days' time, we could look at that as an option."