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Frankie Dettori

Born: 15 December 1970

Nationality: Italian

Champion Jockey: 1994, 1995, 2004

Classic Wins: 21

Epsom Derby: Authorized (2007)

Epsom Oaks: Balanchine (1994), Moonshell (1995), Kazzia (2002)

1000 Guineas: Cape Verde (1998), Kazzia (2002), Blue Bunting (2011)

2000 Guineas: Mark of Esteem (1996), Island Sands (1999)

St Leger: Classic Cliche (1995), Shantou (1996), Scorpion (2005), Sixties Icon (2006), Conduit (2008)

Irish Derby: Balanchine (1994)

Irish Oaks: Lailani (2001), Vintage Tipple (2003), Blue Bunting (2011)

Irish 2000 Guineas: Bachir (2000), Dubawi (2005)

Irish St Leger: Kayf Tara (1999)

Career History

Frankie Dettori is one of the most recognisable faces in UK and Irish horse racing with his eccentric personality and flying dismounts entertaining crowds all round the world.

After being bought a pony in his early teenage years by his father Gianfranco, who was a top Italian rider, Dettori had an instant love for riding and eventually came over to the UK in 1985 to work for Newmarket-based trainer Luca Cumani.  His apprenticeship with his fellow Italian blossomed and he soon became stable jockey for Cumani.

Riding his first winner in the UK in June 1987 Dettori continued on an upward curve and in 1990 was the first teenager since the great Lester Piggott to ride 100 winners in a season.

Dettori first tasted Classic glory in 1994 when he partnered Ballanchine to success in the Epsom Oaks for Godolphin, an outfit he would spend much of his career riding for.

1994 was to be the year that Dettori really stamped his authority on the flat racing scene as he bagged his first leading jockey title with a staggering 233 winners, the best tally for 45 years.

Dettori retained his title in 1995, but it was to be a September afternoon at Ascot in 1996 that saw him create history with the 'Magnificent Seven'.  Dettori rode all seven winners on the day with a 6720/1 seven-timer leaving stunned bookmakers walking out with empty satchels.

Nevertheless, his career wasn't just glitz and glamour and in 2000 he and fellow jockey Ray Cochrane were in a plane crash, where the pilot unfortunately died, but Dettori and Cochrane were lucky to get away with their lives.

Leaving him on the sidelines for a few months Dettori was desperate to get back in the saddle and he certainly returned in style bagging more Classic successes as the years rolled on.

However, there was one race that eluded the Italian and it wasn't until 2007 that at the 15th attempt Dettori managed to ride the winner of the Epsom Derby aboard Authorized. 

Still to this day Dettori is one of the top flat jockeys in the country and his affiliation with Godolphin continues to breed success and no doubt he will continue on the Classic trail and adding to his current tally of 21 Classic winners in UK & Ireland.

Other Leading Flat Jockeys

Ryan Moore

Kieren Fallon

Richard Hughes

Johnny Murtagh

 


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