Frankie Dettori is an Italian jockey based in England. In a career spanning over 35 years, he has been British flat racing Champion Jockey three times (1994, 1995 and 2004)
Additionally, he has ridden the winners of 287 Group 1 races including 23 winners of the British Classic Races.
His most celebrated achievement was riding all seven winners on British Festival of Racing Day at Ascot Racecourse on 28 September 1996.
Born in Milan, Frankie Dettori is the son of Italian champion jockey Gianfranco Dettori.
At the age of fourteen he went to Newmarket in England to work first as a stable lad, later as apprentice jockey and stable jockey in the yard of Luca Cumani, winning the British champion apprentice jockey in 1989.
He was appointed stable jockey for Sheikh Mohammed’s newly-founded Godolphin Racing in 1994 and during the next eighteen years rode most of his worldwide big race victories in Godolphin’s royal-blue colours. In 2000 he survived a light aircraft crash at Newmarket.
At the end of 2012, Dettori split from Godolphin Racing, and was suspended from riding for six months after failing a drugs test in France.
From June 2013 to July 2018, he was the retained rider in Britain for Sheikh Joaan Al Thani’s Al Shaqab Racing.
Since then, many of his winners including Enable and Stradivarius have come from the stables of John Gosden. Dettori announced in December 2022 that 2023 would be his final year of professional riding.
In October 2023 he announced that he would move to California and continue to race in the United States and on the international circuit.
Frankie Dettori age
Lanfranco Frankie Dettori is 52 years old1. He was born on December 15, 1970 in Milan, Italy
His father, Gianfranco Dettori, was a 13 times Italian Champion Jockey, who had won the British 2,000 Guineas in 1975 on the Henry Cecil trained Bolkonski and in 1976 on Wollow, also trained by Cecil.
His mother Mara was a circus performer. Soon after his birth, Dettori’s parents divorced. Until he was five, Dettori and his sister lived with their mother; after that they lived with their father and stepmother.
As a child, Dettori was more interested in football than racing, but that changed when he was eight and his father bought him a palomino pony called Silvia. Aged nine, he rode Silvia in the Pony Derby at San Siro racecourse; he came last and fell off after the finishing line.
Frankie Dettori left school aged thirteen to work in racing stables and, in July 1985, left Italy for England to work in the yard of trainer Luca Cumani at Newmarket, Suffolk|Newmarket.
It was at first a culture shock, as he had to adapt to a new language, and strange food and drink such as Heinz tinned ravioli and orange squash. Dettori returned to Italy for the winter of 1986/87 and his first win came on Turin racecourse in November 1986.
Frankie Dettori net worth
Frankie Dettori is an Italian horse jockey who has a net worth of $18 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Frankie Dettori wife
Frankie Dettori’s wife is Catherine Dettori, who he married in 1995. They have been together for over 28 years and have five children.
Frankie Dettori children
Frankie Dettori shares five children with his wife Catherine; Leo Dettori, Mia Dettori, Rocco Dettori, Ella Dettori, Tallula Dettori, who he is very close to.
Frankie’s daughter, Ella Dettori is following his steps. He led her down to her first ever race at Glorious Goodwood’s Magnolia Cup in July 2021. Ella bolted home at speeds of up to 40mph in the race.
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