The Future of Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori - How many years has the man got left at the top?

It’s safe to conclude, that Frankie Dettori will go down in history as one of the all-time greatest jockeys. But how many years has he got at the top?

At the age of 48, Dettori is one of the most experienced jockeys in the weighing room. However, the Italian would be the first man to say that he is not past his optimum, and he has proved that with a whole host of top-notch successes in recent seasons.

His first race win came back in his homeland in Turin when he was 16, and in 1990, he became the first teenager since the great Lester Piggott to win 100 races.

In 1996, he was regularly riding for Sheikh Mohammed and the rich owners of Godolphin, and memorably completed a seven-race card at Ascot, which included the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

In 2003, he resigned as a captain on BBC's A Question Of Sport amid reports of retirement from the sport, having been stung by a question on the programme.

Dettori then rededicated himself entirely to racing, but was banned for six months in 2012, after taking a banned substance, believed to be cocaine.

He also admitted to taking diuretic drugs to keep his weight down before they were banned in 1998, such as lasix, pee pills, and laxatives.

Since returning, he has replaced William Buick at John Gosden’s yard as number one stable jockey, with Buick transferring to Dettori’s former employers, to the blue boys at Godolphin.

With an estimated net worth of £14m, he really has propelled himself and trainer John Gosden back onto the scene, with a sea of worldwide Grade 1 successes.

The Italian has been named Champion Jockey three times and won the Derby twice – one for the Newmarket based trainer aboard Golden Horn in 2015.

Golden Horn also won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe – a race Frankie has won six times.

Dettori and Gosden would go on and team up again to win back-to-back renewals in 2017 and 2018 with Oaks winner Enable; who made history at the Breeders Cup meeting last weekend by being the first Arc winner to follow that up with a win at the American festival.

Frankie has ridden both Enable and Cracksman – a son of Frankel and a dual Champion Stakes victor, this campaign, two of the horses at the summit of the LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings.

The Italian has won all five of the British Classics, and has 60 Royal Ascot winners to his world-famous name.

Still riding at the top level of the sport, you would be a fool to discount his from future success, and he confirmed at the Derby meeting this year, that he still has a good four or five years in the game. That is just a minimum.

Any horse with the 48-year-old aboard has a chance, and the sport needs more characters like Dettori.