The kind of name that even those who dislike horse racing will know, Frankie Dettori is a true legend of the sport. Born on 15th December, 1970, the Milanese jockey has set the precedent and the standard for decades to come. A consummate professional, Dettori has been the Champion Jockey on three separate occasions and has been involved in more than 500 Group Race wins.
Someone as decorated as Dettori would be hard to do justice to. With over 110 wins across a stellar career, some of his major wins include the 1,000 Guineas 3 times, the 2,000 Guineas twice and the Ascot Gold Cup an incredible five times. Add in a Derby win in 2007, and it’s very easy to see why Dettori is so revered across the board.
An incredible competitor, his careers honours list would fill a screen. His sheer variety of steeds which he has won on, too, showcases a rider who can be in tune with any horse he embarks on.
Achievements & Highlights
Although his achievements are so many it would be hard to find one in particular to fall in love with, Dettori rode all seven of the winners on the British Champions’ Day at Ascot, in 1996. Such incredible achievements surely rank him as one of the most consistent and impressive names within the sport. Although Dettori has had his own personal problems over the years, including a substance-related ban in 2012, he returned to be named the World’s Best Jockey in 2015. Such redemption is merely part of the character of one of the most revered names not just in racing, but in sport.
Major Wins – Derby (2007), 1,000 Guineas (1998, 2002, 2011) 2,000 Guineas (1996, 1999), St Leger: (1995, 1996, 2005, 2006, 2008), Ascot Gold Cup (1992, 1993, 1998, 2004, 2012)
Associations – Godolphin Racing. Golden Horn, Trêve, Grandera, Singspiel, Daylami, Swain, Balanchine, Wilko, Raven’s Pass, Electrocutionist, Dubai Millennium, Joshua Tree, Cape Verdi and more.
Earnings – $18m total earnings.