After a 6 month exile and a career in televisions Big Brother, Frankie Dettori returned for the Epsom Festival earlier in June.
Yesterday racing circles were buzzing with the news that Frankie had been employed to ride as number one jockey to the Sheik Joaan Al Thani, who has several high class horses already in training around the world.
With group performer TORONADO and Olympic Glory trained by Richard Hannon Jnr. as well as Planteur trained by Marco Botti, who has gradually moved through the trainers rankings in recent seasons.
Dettori will be looking forward to teaming up with Nicholas Clement in France, who trains the talented Style Vendome. As things stand at the moment Richard Hughes will retain the ride aboard TORONADO in the Sussex Stakes.
Frankies record since returning to the saddle has hardly set the racing world alight. He has failed to win a race since winning aboard Goodwood Image on June the 14th.
Since that last victory Frankie has ridden 47 losers, and in that time he has managed only 7 places!!!
With stats like that Frankie will certainly need to step up his game. We all know how much quality the fella has in the saddle, but at 42 yrs of age I cannot see him returning to those magic moments which saw him go through the racecard riding a magical 7 winners. A feat unlikely to ever be repeated again (well not in my lifetime).
I believe Frankie Dettori had fallen out of love with the game after the fatal aircrash in which the pilot lost his life and Frankie Dettori, along with Ray Cochrane, escaped with minor injuries. Afterwards Frankie just seemed a different jockey.
Lets hope Frankie can return to those magical moments again and rule supreme, unfortunately people in this sport have short memories. A true family man who still has that cheeky grin and looks sure to reign supreme once more before hanging up his boots. Good luck Frankie, it’s time to shut the critics up and start banging in the winners again.
Frankie will be returning to the racetrack on Wednesday July 3rd looking through the card has couple live chances!
THE FORM GUY.