A lively and charismatic figure in the world of horse racing, champion jockey Frankie Dettori’s arguably greatest achievement to date is wining all seven races at Ascot on a single day. A familiar face on television, Frankie is a former team captain on the popular quiz A Question of Sport and took part in the 11th series of Celebrity Big Brother.
The son of a successful Italian jockey, it was perhaps destiny that Frankie Dettori would follow in his father’s footsteps. Taking to the saddle at a young age, Frankie left school early to begin his apprenticeship. It wasn’t long before Frankie had established himself as a force to be reckoned with becoming the first teenage jockey to rack up a hundred race victories in one season since Lester Piggott. He has gone on to become one of the most popular and successful jockeys of the modern era. He has been Champion Jockey on three occasions and twice Derby winner with other major wins including; the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas, the Ascot Gold Cup, , the Oaks and the St Leger and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe to name but a few. However, Frankie considers his greatest achievement to be riding seven winners in one day at the Ascot Festival in 1996. Among his many accolades, he can boast an honorary MBE, the title of Derby Award Winner for three consecutive years and the National Sporting Club’s Sportsman of the Nineties.
Renowned for his trademark dismount, Frankie has earned the reputation as being one of the most charismatic, eccentric and funny personalities in the world of horse racing.
Aside from his career on the race-course, Frankie has been seen as a regular team captain on A Question of Sport, a housemate in Celebrity Big Brother and is a popular choice on the corporate circuit where his refreshing sense of humour and ability to motivate and inspire, makes him a favourite as an after dinner and motivational speaker.