Frankie Dettori Set To Take Part In Australia's Magic Millions

Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori is set to travel over to Australia at the start of the new year to compete in January's Magic Millions carnival on Australia's Gold Coast.

The 48 year old has had one of his greatest seasons to date landing 12 Group 1 wins in just 68 days his latest being on Advertise on Sunday over in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville in France.

Before that he had been emphatic over the five days at Glorious Goodwood although not finishing top jockey he had three winners and double that in places. His wins included two Group 1s on board Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup and Too Darn Hot in the Sussex Stakes.

Dettori in the British flat racing off season will head down under to take part in the Magic Millions race-day where it is based around the Gold Coast yearling sale in Queensland where the meeting only permits horses formerly bought from the sale to compete in the nine-race meeting.

The Magic Millions Classic, worth $2 million, is the feature event on the day but the whole day as a whole is worth $10 million in prize money, with this the rider will play polo against Australia's number one rider Hugh Bowman.

(Credit Racing Post) Dettori said: "My plan is to secure a ride in the main race at Magic Millions, and while I am coming out for the whole experience, what better way to start the carnival week than trying my hand at polo, playing against none other than Australia's Hugh Bowman."

The jockey is the leading world jockey of the year and rightfully so after the constant big performances he buts in at all the big festivals and meetings and he truly is the face of flat racing in the UK.

Aside from all this his polo skills are said to be lacking and he will need to brush up on them before he takes Hugh Bowman as the Italian will Captain team Ferrari in the Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo on January 5.

"I'll be trying to get some practice in ahead of Magic Millions," he said.

"My brother-in-law plays polo so I'll be after some tips. The competitive side of me wants to make sure I can try and match it with Hugh on the polo field for sure."