July Festival 2015
Newmarket Racecourses’ ambassador for 2015, Frankie Dettori, is celebrating living in Newmarket for 30 years.
It was in July 1985 that, as a teenager and speaking no English, he arrived to work for the town’s trainer Luca Cumani.
Frankie said: “Newmarket, the racecourses and the town, mean a lot to me and I love them. In July I have lived here for 30 years, ever since I was a young teenager. That’s a long time!
“2015 has turned out to be a milestone for me in my 30th year of living and riding in Newmarket. I won my second Derby and I’m working for Sheikh Joaan Al Thani and John Gosden. It’s been a great year and that looks set to continue.”
The popular Italian loves the bagpipes so, to mark his own 30th anniversary, at the start of the Moët & Chandon July Festival on Thursday the jockeys will be led from the weighing room to the parade ring by a piper.
Amy Starkey, Director of Jockey Club Racecourses East Region, said: “Frankie loves Newmarket and everyone love Frankie. We want to mark his 30 years in the town in a special way and I’m sure the crowds will give him a warm welcome when he comes into the parade ring for the first time this week.”
30 Frankie facts
- Frankie was born in Milan, Italy.
- His father was a famous jockey and his mother was a circus performer.
- He left school at the age of 14 to become a stable hand, arriving in England at 15 years old to work for Luca Cumani as an apprentice jockey.
- He has five children: Leo, Ella, Mia, Tallulah and Rocco.
- He lives in Newmarket.
- Frankie is an animal lover with a number of household pets including dogs, cats and ponies.
- Frankie considers his Latin cross as his lucky charm.
- Frankie loves to cook and his chef speciality is sea bass, but his favourite meals are those cooked by his mum.
- Frankie’s favourite drink is a good Italian red or white wine and he likes to spend time in the wine cellar at Lord Lloyd-Webber’s house.
- Frankie doesn’t have any allergies except dieting!
- Frankie has many good friends including a few celebrities such as Marco Pierre White and Ronan Keating.
- Frankie’s favourite childhood memory is of his first pony, a palomino, which was bought for him by his dad when he was 12 years old.
- He supports Arsenal football club.
- Frankie loves most sports but particularly enjoys playing golf with Lee Westwood.
- Frankie has been known to head out to Ibiza for clubbing but claims to prefer being a DJ in his own home.
- His favourite book is his autobiography which was published in September 2004.
- Frankie is a fan of house music and Ronan Keating.
- His proudest moments so far have been having his five children, marrying his wife and winning the seven races at Ascot in 1996.
- He survived a plane crash in 2000 when flying from Newmarket to Goodwood.
- Frankie was awarded an MBE in 2001.
- Frankie was third in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 1996 after winning seven races at Ascot.
- He was once a model for Yves St. Laurent.
- Frankie’s first British winner came in 1986 on Lizzie Hare at Goodwood.
- Frankie’s best winner so far has been on Dubai Millennium in The Dubai World Cup 2000.
- Frankie became Champion Flat Jockey in Britain 2004.
- He has ridden over 500 Group winners but his unfulfilled aim is to win all five British Classics in one season.
- Frankie’s flying dismounts are a tribute to the jockey, Angel Cordero. He started doing them after Barathea won the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 1994.
- Frankie’s favourite TV programme is ‘A Question of Sport’ which he used to appear on as team captain.
- He loves music concerts and is friends with Mick Hucknall.
- Whilst riding, he’s broken his collar bones, arms, elbows and ankles.