With three titles to his name, Frankie Dettori has dominated the British horse racing scene. Gianfranco Dettori, the son of a Sardinian jockey, is widely regarded as the best rider in flat racing since Lester Piggott.
In his early teens, Dettori dropped out of school to train as a jockey and stable boy in Italy. Within a year, Dettori had relocated to England to become a stable jockey for Newmarket-based trainer Luca Cumani.
Horse jockey Frankie Dettori of Italy has a net worth of $18 million. Frankie Dettori into this world on December 15, 1970, in Milan, Italy.
At the age of 12, Dettori’s father bought him a Palomino pony, which proved to be his first and only equine encounter. At the age of 16, he won his first race at Turin, Italy, back in November of 1986.
Over 100 races in his youth were won by him. On September 28, 1996, he won all seven races at Ascot Racecourse, an extremely rare occurrence. He was given that title posthumously in the year 2000.
As recently as September of 2012, he was the stable’s retained rider for the Godolphin racing stables. During the six months that Frankie Dettori was banned from racing for doping in December 2012, he competed in and placed eighth on the eleventh season of the UK version of “Big Brother.”
Frankie Dettori has ridden over 500 winning horses in his career. At least three times (1994, 1995, and 2004) he has been named the Champion Jockey of the British flat racing circuit.
In addition to his five St. Leger victories, three Epsom Oaks victories, three Guineas victories, two 2,000 Guineas victories, and one Epsom Derby victory, he has won every major British Classic race.
Dettori, who was born in Milan, is easily one of the most recognizable names in the sport of horse racing. Dettori moved from Italy to Newmarket when he was 14 to work as a jockey’s apprentice for trainer Luca Cumani.
The short Italian, Dettori, showed early promise in the saddle and soon found employment in a stable.
Dettori became the youngest jockey to win 100 races since the famous Lester Piggott just a couple of years into his career, and the 5’4″ jockey quickly began to take up rides in Group 1 races.
More than any other active jockey, Frankie Dettori has racked up over 3000 victories in Great Britain and is famous for his acrobatic flying dismount.
Dettori’s success in the equestrian world made him a household name, and he was awarded the MBE in 2000 for his efforts. The star athlete is no stranger to the spotlight, having been on shows like Celebrity Big Brother and A Question of Sport as a captain.
The Private Life of Frankie Dettori
Since relocating to the United Kingdom, Dettori has become a devoted fan of all things British. When not racing, he runs a series of restaurants in London and is a devoted fan of Arsenal Football Club.
Dettori also captained a side on the BBC game show “A Question of Sport” in the early 2000s. Dettori wed his long-time companion, Catherine, and the couple now has five kids.
In 2000, while traveling from Newmarket to Goodwood, Dettori was nearly killed in an aircraft disaster that also claimed the life of the plane’s pilot, Patrick Mackey. Those broken bones in Dettori’s ankle and thumb were a lucky break.
Italy’s most famous jockey, Lanfranco “Frankie” Dettori MBE, was born in the United Kingdom on December 15, 1970. Dettori has been named Champion Jockey three times, and he has been aboard the winning horses in nearly 500 Group races.
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The famous Italian jockey Gianfranco Dettori is his father. His fellow rider Lester Piggott has called him “the best in the world right now.”