Born in Milan on 15 December, 1970, the son of Gianfranco, a multiple champion jockey in Italy, Frankie Dettori arrived from his homeland to join Luca Cumani’s Newmarket yard as an apprentice in July, 1985.
His first success came on Rif at Turin, Italy, on 16 November, 1986, and he rode his first British winner on Lizzy Hare at Goodwood on 9 June, 1987. He was champion British apprentice in 1989 and passed 100 winners for the first time in 1990 when recording 141 successes.
He has since captured the hearts of racegoers with his flamboyant style, phenomenal riding successes, and charisma in and out of the saddle.
Champion jockey in 1994, 1995 and 2004, Dettori created history when riding all seven winners on the first-day card at the Ascot Festival in September, 1996. His ground-breaking exertions brought recognition beyond racing’s own sphere when he was voted into third place in the 1996 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards and was a team captain on ‘A Question Of Sport’.
He finally captured the Epsom Derby in 2007 aboard Authorized and he has tasted success in all four other British Classics at least once with 13 Classic wins in total. He is the most successful current rider in the Oaks with three previous wins (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell and 2002 Kazzia).
Dettori, who is retained by the Godolphin stable, has enjoyed a host of high-profile international successes, including the 1995, 2001 and 2002 Arcs on Lammtarra, Sakhee and Marienbard respectively, the Japan Cup on Singspiel in 1996, Falbrav in 2002 and Alkaased in 2005, the Dubai World Cup on Dubai Millennium (2000), Moon Ballad (2003) and Electrocutionist (2006), the Breeders’ Cup Turf on Daylami in 1999, Fantastic Light in 2001 and Red Rocks in 2006 and last season’s Breeders’ Cup Classic on Raven’s Pass.
Dettori, who survived a horrific plane crash at Newmarket in 2000 in which the pilot was killed, is married to Catherine with five children and lives near Newmarket.
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