Superstar Frankie Dettori clinched his second International Jockeys' Championship in dramatic fashion at Happy Valley last night in a competition that went right down to the wire. The flamboyant Italian held on by a single point from Australia's Damien Oliver, who zoomed into contention in the deciding leg of the three-race series with a brilliant victory aboard Lomond's Fay. Dettori was well beaten for the race win, but he kept fighting all the way to the line aboard Kindred Spirits to take fifth place and secure the vital extra two points he needed for overall victory in the series. Dettori - who had earlier treated the 21,223 crowd to his trademark flying dismount after scoring his only victory of the series aboard Noble Boy in the first leg - was following up his 1999 success. The brilliant rider came into last night's competition fresh from victory in a similar jockeys' challenge in Mauritius last weekend, where Oliver also finished behind him, and he said: 'It's great to win here again, but judging by the look on Damien's face it might not be so easy next time. 'Mauritius was great and I was very lucky there to draw some good horses and the same thing happened here. I got a very good mount in the first and the others were good enough to score me some points.' Looking ahead to the weekend's International races, Dettori added: 'It was good fun tonight, but the serious business is on Sunday.' Godolphin's stable rider, who won the Hong Kong Cup on Fantastic Light last year, rides Tobougg in the race this time and also partners China Visit in the Mile and Ekraar in the Vase for the Dubai-based operation. 'Tobougg is my best ride and I hope he might develop into the next Fantastic Light,' Dettori said. 'His form is good and he's only a three-year-old, so I think he can improve. Fantastic Light wasn't that good as a three-year-old and look how he turned out.' On his other two big-race mounts, Dettori added: 'China Visit is very consistent but he would like a little bit of rain. Ekraar is in probably the toughest race of the lot - the Vase looks very strong this year.' Oliver, who is back to partner Falvelon in his bid for back-to-back wins in the Sprint and will also be aboard Super Molly in the Mile for his old boss David Hayes, was delighted with second place given his book of rides in the series. 'I didn't think I had much chance, but you never give up hope and it was great to win the last race,' he said. 'I only arrived here last night and I haven't seen Falvelon yet, but I'm looking forward to Sunday. His form may not look as good as last year, but I'm sure he'll run well. I certainly wouldn't swap him for anything.' Dettori, as expected, took the lead early in the series with his first-leg victory aboard Tony Millard's Noble Boy over 1,650 metres. The Italian, who had brought one of the biggest cheers when the jockeys were presented at the spectacular opening ceremony, assured his popularity rose even further with a copybook ride on the hot favourite. And he brought the house down afterwards with a flying dismount after ushering the mafoo to move the gelding forward out of the usual spot in the winner's enclosure to clear room for his dramatic leap from the saddle. Noble Boy had scored over course and distance on Saturday, from the same barrier of five, and he completed his hat-trick with some ease under Dettori. Andrasch Starke, last year's winner, finished well on Telecom Prince to take second on the line from Mick Kinane on Albela. Eddie Lai, who made a bold dash along the rail down the back straight on Pearl And Gold, came in fourth with Yutaka Take holding on for fifth with Me And You. The result left Dettori, who was representing the United Arab Emirates, in front with 12 points, followed by Starke on six, Kinane (four), Lai (three) and Take (two). Olivier Peslier, who had been out of luck in the opening leg when only eighth aboard Blessings' Partner, put himself bang in contention by taking the second leg on Successful Spirit. Tony Cruz's son of Centaine, whose only previous win had come in the same 1,800-metre race for Brett Prebble in last year's series, did the favour this time for Peslier, though he proved anything but an easy ride. Like Dettori in the opening leg, Peslier was able to trail the leading pair, Metro Traveller and Honest Dragon, from barrier one but he had to get to work rounding the home turn to hold that position. Early in the straight Successful Spirit bumped with Honest Dragon as Felix Coetzee's mount shifted out and then Peslier found the four-year-old hanging away from his rival as the pair fought to gain the upper hand. Successful Spirit's stamina told in the end, though, and he forged clear to score by 1.5 lengths. Cruz, who returned to the saddle last month to win a jockeys' challenge himself in Australia, praised Peslier's ride on Successful Spirit. 'I set my horse for this race and when we drew Olivier, I was pleased because he is a difficult horse and I knew Olivier would keep him going. The horse doesn't quicken, but he stays well.' Coetzee had to settle for second place and six points, while Lai ran into the places again to take third on Honest Steed and Oliver opened his account with fourth on De Integro. Dettori came in fifth aboard Super Splendid to extend his tally to 14 points and at that stage his nearest pursuers were Peslier on 12 points and Lai with seven. Oliver was lying only seventh on three points going into the final leg, but he gave Dettori a real scare in the 1,650-metre race when he rushed home on 26-1 chance Lomond's Fay to win by a short head. That put him on 15 points, but Dettori just did enough as he held fifth place ahead of Peslier's mount Born Dragon to take his tally to 16. Dettori won a silver whip, presented for the first time, and a $200,000 bonus for first place, with Oliver collecting a cheque for $100,000, but the winner cheekily suggested he should get a bigger prize for claiming the series twice. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Jockey Club's director of racing, joked: 'I told Frankie we were happy to oblige and pay him half a million, but it would have to be in his home currency of 500,000 lira [HK$1,807].'