Cumani: He had will to win

For all the success Frankie Dettori has enjoyed in the royal blue silks of Godolphin and for his current employers Al Shaqab Racing, there is one trainer he will be ever thankful to for helping him on his way to stardom and achieving the status he

Luca Cumani paid tribute to Frankie Dettori

While now able to celebrate joining an elite list of jockeys to have ridden 3,000 domestic winners, it is a milestone that would not have been reached had it not been for the support of fellow Italian Luca Cumani upon his arrival on British shores back in the mid 1980s as a then unknown teenager.

After providing the Milan-born rider with his first British winner Lizzy Hare at Goodwood back in 1987, the pair, during a fruitful spell in the early 1990s, enjoyed many notable big-race successes, both at home and abroad.

There was the victory of Markofdistinction in the QEII Stakes at Ascot in1990, a win which provided Dettori with his first Group One success, and one that was to be doubled later that day by the victory of Shamshir in the Fillies' Mile, along with the success of Second Set in the 1991 Sussex Stakes to name just a few of those highlights.

While their association on the track may no longer be what it once was, the master of Bedford House Stables admires the most recent achievement made by his fellow countryman.

Cumani said: "I think it is a great achievement. He has been a tremendous success throughout his career and I am pleased to have had him start his career in England with me.

"His father rode for my father and he said to Frankie come to England. He was a bit wild, but I think we put him straight.

"We've been friends ever since and he has been the most popular jockey for the past 20 years and hopefully he will be for another 10 years.

"We had a great double with Markofdistinction winning the QEII and Shamshir the Fillies' Mile at Ascot on the same day.

"That was the biggest day we had together in England. Then, of course, there was the Breeders' Mile Turf win with Barathea."

Just why Dettori has gone on to enjoy the levels of success that most can only dream of, is something Cumani has his own theory on.

He added: "It is his ability to instill his will to win into the horse. He can transmit that throughout the race and he is so positive at the finish of a race.

"It is also his character and his exuberance. When he wins he loves sharing it with the public and they love sharing it with him.

"The game is bigger than Frankie Dettori, but he has made a significant contribution to it."

Dettori has also enjoyed several profitable ventures with another Italian trainer based in Newmarket, Marco Botti.

Having known Dettori from the early days of his career when riding work for his dad Alduino, the Prestige Place handler is another to pay tribute to his latest accomplishment.

He said: "He has achieved everything he could. He went through tough times but he has bounced back and is better than ever. It is like he is having a second career. He is doing so well and it's a pleasure to have him ride for us.

"He is so determined to win and ride in the big races. I think he is definitely one of the very best jockeys that we have ever seen.

"He can ride any track, and any tactics. He is everything you get from a top-class jockey.

"I've known him for a long time because in the early days he was an apprentice jockey to my dad in Italy. I was very young when he left but my family have known him for a long time.

"He has been brilliant in the saddle. He has been a star, what he does for racing, and he is the right person for racing to attract young people as he is so enthusiastic.

"Gianfranco Dettori, who was still riding well in Italy, pushed him to go to England to get more experience and it is something he has never looked back on as he is still here today. I think he appreciates his dad's advice for convincing him to come to England."

Although their biggest victory together arrived when taking the 2012 Grade One Canadian International at Woodbine with Joshua Tree, Bottis and Dettori have enjoyed their fair share of success in Pattern races and valuable handicaps in Britain.

Among those notable domestic successes was the victory of dual Group One winner Tac De Boistron in the 2014 Sagaro Stakes at Ascot, and on a more recent note the victory of Golden Steps in this year's Bunbury Cup at Newmarket's July Festival.

Botti added: "When he won the Grade One on Joshua Tree that was a brilliant ride, but we have had quite a few winners at a good level in England. Although none have been at Group One level as I've not won one yet in England, we have had a great time winning races.

"It had been a tough week going into the July Festival but when I saw Frankie on the Wednesday he said he would win the Bunbury Cup for me on Golden Steps on that Saturday.

"He makes owners happy and enjoy their time and that's what it's all about. He is always very cheerful, even if things don't go quite right.

"He always finds a way to give owners hope for another day, which is very important.

"If you have a bad day it gives them the confidence of looking forward to a better day."

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