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Frankie Dettori's British Classic Winners (ePub)

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By Rupert Collens
Imprint: White Owl
File Size: 35.0 MB (.epub)
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781036104207
Published: 20th October 2023


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Frankie Dettori is certainly one of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries’ truly great international jockeys. Italian by birth – he rode his first winner there – we have been lucky in England that he came to live in Newmarket aged fifteen and has ridden mainly here.

A great and popular figure, quietly and privately he has done much for disabled people. In fact, he is a good example by any standards of a superb sportsman on and off the racecourse.

Perhaps most famous for riding all seven winners at Ascot on 28 September 1996, his record in the English classics over 30 years gives a true indication of his ability and dedication.

There is no doubt that England’s five classic races, the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas which both run in late April/early May at Newmarket over a mile, the Oaks and Derby which run in early June at Epsom over a mile and a half, and the St Leger which runs nearly two miles in mid-September at Doncaster, are very, very important races on the international racing scene.

Frankie Dettori's record in them is super – 23 wins. Since 1945, he and Lester Piggott are the only jockeys to ride at least two winners of each of the classics. To put Frankie’s record into perspective, Sir Gordon Richards, 26-time champion flat jockey between 1925 and 1953, rode only fourteen classic winners.

This highly readable but erudite book devotes a double page spread to every winning ride, and there is a colour section of photographs of him aboard his winning mounts by the famous racing journalist John Crofts.

Dettori's first classic winner was in the 1994 Oaks at Epsom on Balanchine and his last in 2023, once again in the Oaks, on Soul Sister. This book is a superb record of greatness in the saddle over 30 years.

As seen in 'Tales of big winners and bigger bets'.

Read the article here.

The Irish Field

Frankie Dettori has turned his hand to many ventures over the years - running restaurants and appearing on reality television shows - but he is of course most rightly celebrated for being one of our greatest jockeys. Among his many gobsmacking achievements, possibly the most memorable was his riding all seven winners (the 'Magnificent Seven' referred to by John Gosden in his foreword) at the British Festival of Racing at Ascot in September 1996. It was back in 1994 that Dettori rode Balanchine to his first Classic win in the 1994 Oaks at Epsom, and then it was only last year, in 2023, that yet again, in the Oaks, he won on Soul Sister.

This book looks at every one of his British Classic triumphs, and these are stirringly captured in the section of colour photographs of Dettori in action, all taken by John Crofts, the celebrated racing journalist.

This is a great record of Dettori's many triumphs and a must for anyone with even a massing interest in the turf.

The Field, March 2024

As seen in

Racin' Magazine (North & Midlands Racing Club)

About Rupert Collens

RUPERT COLLENS is a pen name for a very well-known racing character, Sir Rupert Mackeson Bart. Now well past his 80th birthday, many regard him as a racing national treasure like his deceased friends Sir Peter O’Sullevan and Lester Piggott. Aged fifteen, he was riding fast work for local point to point trainers in his native Kent in the mid-1950s. Not allowed to ride in public until aged eighteen by his parents, he rode point to point winners in the UK and Ireland, and flat race winners in Belgium and Germany. For the past forty years he has been a familiar sight on racecourses selling racing books, many written or ghosted by himself, and prints. In fact, he has traded on forty-four of the current racecourses in the UK, and numerous in Ireland and France.

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