Frankie Dettori...The Godolphin Jockey--8st 6lb-53.5kg
Copyright: Jose-Antonio Rodriguez

Probably the most recognised man on a horse anywhere in the world since Clint Eastwood & John Wayne.

Frankie can be considered the world's perfect jockey. One example of his talent was his 3 wins from 6 races on the 2003 World Cup card.

First there was a gritty win on Firebreak. Then came a perfectly excuted "waiting" ride on Sulamani that gobbled up the field with every stride down the straight. Frankie could have left the waiting a little "overdone". Instead, he angled his horse to the outside and ground the leader down in time for the post.

In the £2.25m World Cup, his ride on Moon Ballad was very similar to the one he gave Dubai Millenium in 2000. Breaking alertly, he let the US seasoned campaigner, Harlan's Holiday burn the early trail whilst keeping his horse some way off the rails so as to not get into a pulling duel.

Sensing that the US horse was not going at the pace he wanted he let Moon Ballad pick up a gear and then slotted into the number 1 lane when he was clear. All this within the first 700m of the race! From there to the 600m, it was a strong cruise and soon the pack behind was toiling and Frankie knew it.

Into the straight, the son of Singspiel was skipping along and was starting to really extend himself. Whereas Duabi M. had seemed to tire in the last furlong, Moon Ballad was earnest and ran true to the line.....making this a more impressive display of "attack from the front" tactics.

Born as Lanfranco, on December 15th, 1970, in Italy, Frankie had a head-start as his father, Gianfranco, was a top Italian jockey who had won the 2,000 Guineas in 1975 & 1976.

Although he started his apprenticeship in Newmarket in 1985 with Luca Cumani, he rode 17 winners in the winter season of 1986/87 in Italy.

His first UK winner was aboard Lizzy Hare at Goodwood on June 9th, 1987 although his first ever winner was on Rif at Turin on November 16th, 1986.

At the age of 19, Cumani appointed him as stable jockey to replace Ray Cochrane after Frankie had become Champion Apprentice in 1989.

In 1990, he rode 100 winners in a season (the first teenager to do so since Lester Piggott) and won his first Group 1 with a masterful ride on Markofdistinction in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

Frankie on Bertolini before the 2000 Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp. Photo by Fernando Melchor. Click to enlarge

1991 saw a slight drop in winners at 94 but he did win his first Derby, the German one, on Temporal. 1992 provided his second century and he rode outsider Polytain to win the French Derby.

Up to the better part of 1992, Frankie had always ridden in a low crouched style but with his feet well in the irons.

Towards the end of 1992, Frankie started changing his style to the toe-in-the-iron, ankle-breaking, calf-tearing, stirrups-twisted like a rubber band, low tuck, rein-shortening, rythmical style he now uses to such great effect.

About the only thing he did keep was the very British backhander that he still employs.

He is one of few jockeys whose hands on the reins rest below the height of the horse's mouth. This, along with the play on his ankles allow him to take the pressure of the horse's mouth and relax his mounts to great effect.

I remember well the first race on the card at the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita in 1993. His mount started slightly sluggishly from an inside draw.

Frankie winning the Prix Dollar at Longchamp, 2000, on Slickly. Photo by kind permission of France-Galop.com. Click to enlarge

But Frankie, leathers even shorter than usual, rousted his mount to share the lead. Into the straight, nobody looked more American than LD and we all wanted him to win but however his mount tired and we knew we would have to wait for another day

Probably the best track he rides would be Longchamp where he often leads from the front. He is definitely the jockey to have in a tight finish or for horses that need holding up. They seem to explode in the final furlong with him on board.

People now love his flying dismounts, not always in Group 1s, as his "thank you" to the fans.

Frankie winning on Kabool at Longchamp, 2nd is Peslier on Kingsalsa. Photo kindly lent by France Galop.com. Click to enlarge

Frankie's Magnificent 7 at Ascot on 28 September 1996 was an amazing feat.
His concentration was an example to sportsmen & women in any field.

The seven winners were: Wall Street (Cumberland Lodge Stakes), Diffident (Diadem Stakes), Decorated Hero (Tote Festival Handicap), Mark of Esteem (Q.E.II Stakes), Fatefully (Rosemary Rated Stakes), Lochangel (Blue Seal Conditions Stakes) and Fujiyama Crest (Gordon Carter Handicap).

His other feats have been becoming Champion Jockey in 1994, 1995 and 2004, being in his 13th year as stable jockey for Godolphin and winning 9 Classics in the UK.

He has also ridden 171 Group 1 winners (to Passion for Gold's 2009 Saint-Cloud win). He rode his 100th Group 1 on Kazzia in the 1,000 Guineas. He so nearly had made it the century on Sakhee in the B.C.Classic when just being sniffed out by Tiznow in 2001.

The Derby finally made it into his trophy cabinet in 2007 when he won it very easily on Authorised.

On December 29th, 2000, Frankie was awarded an MBE by the Queen.

In 2001, Frankie announced that Ray Cochrane was his new agent.
Together they go back a long way ever since Frankie joined Ray at Luca Cumani's stable in 1985 and have been friends ever since.

2004 The Frankie DVD where he talks exclusively about his lfe and explains his rivalry with Lester Piggott. 1 hour's worth of in-depth DVD for you to enjoy.
For the record to 12/09/05, Frankie had won 348 Group races, 138 Grade/Group 1's, 96 Group 2's and 114 Group 3's. He was also crowned Champion Jockey in the UK in 2004 and was favourite to win it again in 2005.

The New Frankie autobiography...written by top BBC Racing journalist, Jonathan Powell. JockeysRoom.com contributed to it.On September 23rd, 2004, top BBC Racing journalist Jonathan Powell launched Frankie's autobiography in conjunction with Frankie and it proved a good read into the life of one of the world's most charismatic and well-known/travelled sportsmen.

There is also a DVD about Frankie released on the same date and if you would like to purchase either, just click on the attached link.


FRANKIE'S PHOTO GALLERY
Alan Munro shares a joke with Walter Swinburn and Frankie Dettori.
Click to see the larger photo by Jose-Antonio Rodriguez Frankie goes down in a thriller with Chris MacCarron in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont in 2001.
Click to see the larger photo Frankie whoops for joy after crossing the line in front on Fantastic Light in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Belmont in 2001.
Click to see the larger photo Frankie Dettori comes back to the JockeysRoom at Sandown in June 2002.
Click to see the larger photo by Nick Higgins Frankie Dettori signs a photo for a fan who had waited all day to get his autograph, at Newbury in October 2002. 
Click to see the larger photo by Nick Higgins Frankie Dettori wins the Singapore Airlines International Cup on the enigmatic Grandera. They were to later win the Irish Champion Stakes right on the line in a sizzler of a finish. Click to see the larger photo courtesy of The Emirates World Racing Series








Frankie discussing riding tactics for Frenchman's Bay with trainer Roger Charlton before the Sandown Mile on April, 26th, 2003.
Photo & copyright Nick Higgins















Winners

  • 1986--1...in Italy
  • 1987--8...in the UK
  • 1988--22
  • 1989--75...Champ Apprentice
  • 1990--141...4th
  • 1991--94...8th
  • 1992--101...8th
  • 1993--149...2nd
  • 1994--233...1st
  • 1995--216...1st
  • 1996--123...5th
  • 1997--176...2nd
  • 1998--132...2nd
  • 1999--132...3rd
  • 2000--47...(injured)
  • 2001--94...8th (1,743 to 31/12/01 in UK) and 2,040 career victories.
  • 2002--69...(to 31.12.02) and 2,131 career victories
  • 2003--102...in the UK
  • 2004--195...1st in the UK and 2,475 career victories to Jan 9th 2005.
  • 2005--87...15th (2,540 career victories to Scorpion)
  • 2006--131...5th
  • 2007--77...17th
  • 2008--67...29th
  • 2009--103...13th
  • 2010--42...11th (to June 8th)

    British Classic wins: (13)

  • Derby--2007 Authorized
  • Oaks--1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia
  • 2000 Guineas--1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands
  • 1000 Guineas--1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia
  • St Leger--1995 Classic Cliché, 1996 Shantou, 2005 Scorpion, 2006 Sixties Icon, 2008 Conduit

    Royal Ascot Wins:39

    Best Horses ridden:
    Sakhee, Dubai Millennium, Daylami, Lammtarra, Mark Of Esteem, Swain, Singspiel, Balanchine, Barathea, Lochsong, Marienbard, Electrocutionist, Authorized, Ramonti, Ouija Board, Raven's Pass

    Group 1 Race Wins:

    UK (57)

  • King George--1995 Lammtarra, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen
  • Eclipse Stakes--1998 Daylami, 2004 Refuse to Bend
  • Sussex Stakes--1991 Second Set, 1999 Aljabr, 2001 Noverre, 2007 Ramonti
  • Ascot Gold Cup--1992 & 93 Drum Taps, 1998 Kayf Tara, 2004 Papineau.
  • St James’s Palace Stakes--1997 Starborough.
  • Queen Anne Stakes--2003 Dubai Destination, 2004 Refuse to Bend, 2007 Ramonti
  • Q.E. II Stakes--1990 Markofdistinction, 1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium, 2007 Ramonti
  • International Stakes--1996 Halling, 1997 Singspiel, 2001 Sakhee, 2004 Sulamani, 2007 Authorized
  • Juddmonte Lockinge--2000 Aljabr, 2008 Creachadoir
  • Coronation Cup--1996 Swain, 1997 Singspiel, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq
  • Prince of Wales's Stakes--2001 Fantastic Light, Grandera 2002
  • Nunthorpe Stakes--1993 Lochsong, 1995 So Factual, 1998 Lochangel.
  • Haydock Sprint Cup--1999 Diktat
  • Yorkshire Oaks--1994 Only Royale.
  • Nassau Stakes--2001 Lailani, 2006 Ouija Board
  • Ascot Fillies’ Mile--1990 Shamshir, 1997 Glorosia, 1999 Teggiano, 2000 Crystal Music.
  • Cheveley Park--2000 Regal Rose, 2003 Cool Kat Katie
  • Middle Park Stakes--1996 Bahamian Bounty, 1998 Lujain, 2006 Dutch Art
  • Racing Post Trophy--2006 Authorized
  • Falmouth Stakes--2008 Nahoodh

    FRANCE (38)

  • Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe--1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard
  • Prix Vermeille--2003 Mezzo Soprano
  • Prix Ganay--1995 Pelder
  • Prix Lupin--1995 Flemensfirth
  • Prix d'Isaphan--1996 Halling, 2002 Best of the Bests
  • French Derby--1992 Polytain, 2005 Shamardal, 2007 Lawman
  • French 2000 Guineas--1995 Vettori, 2000 Bachir., 2005 Sharmadal
  • Prix Jacques le Marois--1999 Dubai Millennium, 2000 Muhtathir, 2006 Librettist
  • Prix de Moulin--2001 Slickly, 2006 Librettist
  • Prix Jean Prat--1995 Torrential, 1997 Starborough, 1998 Almutawakel.
  • Prix Maurice de Gheest--1999 Diktat
  • Prix Morny--1996 Bahamian Bounty
  • Prix de la Salamandre--1995 Lord of Men, 1998 Aljabr.
  • Prix de L'Abbaye--1993 & 94 Lochsong, 2004 Var
  • Prix Marcel Boussac--1996 Ryafan, 2001 Sulk.
  • Grand Prix de Saint Cloud--2005 Alkaased
  • Prix de la Foret--2006 Caradak
  • Prix du Cadran--2006 Sergeant Cecil
  • Grand Criterium--2006 Kirklees
  • Criterium de Saint-Cloud--2009 Passion for Gold
  • Prix de Diane--2007 West Wind
  • Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere--2007 Rio de la Plata

    UNITED STATES & CANADA (12)

  • Breeders’ Cup Turf--1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2006 Red Rocks
  • Breeders’ Cup Mile--1994 Barathea.
  • Breeders' Cup Juvenile--2004 Wilko, 2008 Donativum
  • Breeders' Cup Fillies & Mares Turf--2006 Ouija Board
  • Breeders' Cup Classic--2008 Raven's Pass
  • Canadian International--2000 Mutafaweq & 2004 Sulamani
  • E.P.Tyalor--2008 Folk Opera
  • Beverley D--2004 Crimson Palace

    ITALY (18)

  • Derby Italiano--1999 Mukhalif
  • Oaks d'Italia--1997 Nicole Pharly
  • Gran Premio d'Italia--1992 Masad
  • Gran Premio di Milano--1997 Shantou, 2007 Sudan
  • Premio Vittorio di Capua--1999 Muhtathir, 2001 & 2002 Slickly, 2004 Ancient World
  • Gran Premio del Jockey Club--1993 Misil, 1996 Shantou, 2001 Kutub, 2005 Cherry Mix, 2009 Schiaparelli
  • Premio Roma--1990 Legal Case, 1992 Misil, 1996 Flemensfirth, 2002 Sunstrach

    IRELAND (13)

  • Irish Derby--1994 Balanchine.
  • Irish 2000 Guineas--2000 Bachir, 2005 Dubawi
  • Irish Oaks--2001 Lailani, 2003 Vintage Tipple
  • Irish St Leger--1999 Kayf Tara.
  • Irish Champion Stakes--1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera
  • Phoenix Stakes--1992 Pips Pride
  • Tattersalls Gold Cup--2001 Fantastic Light
  • National Stakes--2004 Dubawi

    OTHERS (24)

  • Dubai World Cup--2000 Dubai Millennium, 2003 Moon Ballad, 2006 Electrocutionist
  • Japan Cup--1996 Singspiel, 2002 Falbrav, 2005 Alkased
  • German Derby--1991 Temporal
  • Deutschland Preis--1997 Luso, 2002 Marienbard
  • Bayerisches Zuchtrennen--1995 Germany
  • Grosser Preis Von Baden--1995 Germany, 2002 Marienbard, 2003 Mamool
  • Grosser Dallmayr Preis--2001 Kutub
  • Europa Preis--2001 Kutub, 2003 Mamool
  • Hong Kong Cup--2000 Fantastic Light, 2003 Falbrav, 2007 Ramonti
  • Homg Kong Mile--2004 Firebreak
  • Singapore Airlines International Cup--2002 Grandera
  • Japan Cup Dirt--2002 Eagle Cafe
  • Dubai Sheema Classic--2003 Sulamani
  • Dubai Golden Shaheen--2007 Kelly's Landing

    Frankie's Career wins Worldwide.
    by the I.R.B. & Nick Higgins

      UK Dub Fr Ger/Swi HK Ire IT Jap Nor Sng Mau S.A. Aus Esp Swe USA Total
    1986             5                   5
    1987 8           12                   20
    1988 22                               22
    1989 75           9                   84
    1990 141           6   1             1 149
    1991 94   1 1     2             1   9 108
    1992 101   2   4 1 11 1               1 121
    1993 149   5 2     11 4   1             172
    1994 233   2 3   4 2                   244
    1995 217 1 11 3   1 2     4           1 240
    1996 123 6 10   4 1 10 3       4     1 1 163
    1997 176 7 6 1 2 1 8                   201
    1998 132 4 9     3                     148
    1999 132 7 5   3 6 3           1     1 158
    2000 47 5 9   1 1 3     2           1 69
    2001 96 14 8 3 1 4 3     3         2 134
    2002 69 9 4 3 1 6 3   1 1         -- 97
    2003 102 18 3 2 1 1           -- 127
    2004 195 9 1 1 1 1           3 211
    2005 87 7 2 1           97
    2006 131 4 7           2 144
    2007 77 14 3 1 1           96
    2008 67 17           3 87
    2009 103 15 1 2           1 122
    2010 42 1           42
      2,619 137 88 20 18 25 99 12 1 8 4 4 1 1 1 26 3,064

    Frankie's Group/Graded wins & as a % of all Wins
    by the I.R.B. and Nick Higgins

    Group1 Group 2 Group 3 Total %
    1986          
    1987          
    1988          
    1989   1 1 2 2
    1990 3 3 5 11 7
    1991 2 3 2 7 6
    1992 5 5 7 17 14
    1993 4 2 10 16 9
    1994 5 5 9 19 8
    1995 12 6 6 24 10
    1996 12 11 10 33 20
    1997 8 10 4 22 11
    1998 9 5 14 28 19
    1999 14 8 7 29 18
    2000 9 8 3 20 29
    2001 16 8 7 31 23
    2002 13 6 6 25 28
    2003 9 7 9 25 20
    2004 12 8 13 33 16
    2005 7 2 9
    2006 12 9 10 31
    2007 11 11
    2008 6 1 7
    2009 2 4 1 7
    2010 2 3 5
      171 112 129 412 14


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