Frankie Dettori – Jockey Profile

Frankie Dettori
Jockey License: Flat & Jumps
Date of Birth:
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Jockey License:
Flat & Jumps
Notable Horses:
Hootenanny, Dubday, Osaila
Titles Awarded:
Biggest Wins:
  • £201,058: H.H The Emir’s Trophy (Local Group 1) (3yo+) (Turf) – Feb 26, 2015
  • £331,325: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (Grade 1) (2yo Colts & Geldings) (Turf) – Oct 31, 2014
  • £168,199: Tattersalls Millions 2YO Fillies’ Trophy (Bobis Race) – Oct 4, 2015

About Frankie Dettori

Probably the best known jockey in European racing to the non-racing public, Frankie Dettori (born Lanfranco Dettori in 1970), is one of the greatest jockeys of the modern era, a high-profile television celebrity, but a man whose fall from grace in 2012 will forever blight his stunning career in the saddle.

Good looking, witty, a natty dresser, and a slick media operator, Dettori hit the headlines in his late-teens when moving from his native Italy to Newmarket in England and became the first teenager to ride more than 100 winners in a season when clocking up a remarkable 143 successes in 1989.

A few years later he signed a deal with Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai to be his retained rider and the partnership flourished for 19 years during which time they took the racing world by storm with a host of top-class race victories in Europe, the United States, the Middle East and the Far East.

Dettori is a beautifully balanced, elegant rider, but is also strong in a finish when necessary and was crowned British champion jockey in 1994, 1995, and 2004; in ’94 he clocked up a personal best 231 winners in a season. In 2000, at the height of his powers, the Italian miraculously survived a fatal plane crash when the light aircraft he and fellow jockey Ray Cochrane were travelling in crashed immediately after take-off at Newmarket. Both sustained injuries but survived, but their pilot lost his life.

Dettori’s first British classic winner came in 1994 when he partnered Balanchine to victory in the Epsom Oaks before going on to a famous success when the great filly beat the colts in that year’s Irish Derby at the Curragh. He has gone on to register a total of 14 British classic wins, including partnering the Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Authorized to victory in the 2007 Epsom Derby.

He has ridden a total of seven Irish classic winners, many top-class French winners – including three times in the world’s best middle-distance race the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in Paris – and many more across the globe.

Famous for his flying dismount after winning top races, Dettori’s long association with Sheikh Mohammed came to an abrupt halt in 2012 when he was replaced as first choice jockey by Mickael Barzalona. Soon after –reportedly suffering from depression – he failed a drugs test and was banned from riding for six months, but has returned over the last 12 months to try and re-establish his reputation and is now the contracted rider to a top Qatari owner.

Frankie Dettori explains in this interview his cocaine abuse at that time:

More than anything else, Dettori is best known for one remarkable afternoon at Ascot in 1996 when he became the first jockey in history to ride all seven winners on the card at the showcase fixture. The losses sustained by the betting industry that day reportedly ran into tens of millions of pounds and ensured his legendary status.

It is well worth noting that over the last 5 years 43-year-old Dettori has a particularly good strike-rate at Beverley (57%), Wolverhampton all-weather (36%), Lingfield all-weather (30%), Kempton all-weather (26%), and Nottingham (26%). Having ridden so many horses prior to the end of 2012 for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin team, Dettori is now rebuilding ties with other stables. Those to have used his services with noted success include William Haggas (25%), Richard Hannon (25%), George Baker (24%), and Jeremy Noseda (22%) [1].