Dettori: 10 things to know
As the ever-popular Italian registered his 3,000th domestic success in the saddle, Press Association Sport highlights 10 things you need to know about him:
Frankie Dettori is an ardent Anglophile and a huge Arsenal fan
1. Despite his relatively youthful looks, Frankie is one of the elder statesmen of the weighing room these days and will turn 46 in December.
2. He moved to England at the age of 14 to join fellow Italian Luca Cumani. The pair had a tempestuous relationship but Dettori still points to Cumani as one of the biggest influences on his career. He had his first winner in Britain in June 1987 on Lizzy Hare.
3. In 1990 he became the first teenager to rider 100 winners in a season since Lester Piggott having replaced Ray Cochrane as Cumani's stable jockey a year earlier.
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4. Dettori achieved worldwide fame one afternoon in September 1996 when he rode all seven winners on the card at Ascot, the result of which saw some bookmakers declare bankruptcy such was his popularity already.
5. In 2000 Dettori and Cochrane were involved in a plane crash which saw the pilot, Patrick Mackey, to whom Dettori credited with saving his own life, die. Cochrane pulled Dettori out of the burning wreckage but he would never ride again. Dettori subsequently hired him as his agent.
6. He was awarded an MBE in 2000 and was also briefly a captain on BBC quiz show A Question Of Sport. He reportedly quit the role when a fellow contestant asked him how long he had been retired.
7. In December 2012 Dettori was banned for six months for testing positive for cocaine during a meeting in France the previous September, at a time just after he had lost his job as Godolphin's retained rider. Ahead of his return he said: "Things were going bad, I was depressed and I guess a moment of weakness and I fell for it and I've only got myself to blame."
8. During his ban the Italian appeared on the Channel 5 show Celebrity Big Brother with such other luminaries as the X-Factor's Rylan Clark, former football Neil 'Razor' Ruddock and actress Tricia Penrose. Dettori was the fifth celebrity to be evicted from the house.
9. Along with chef Marco Pierre White, Dettori opened a restaurant in Knightsbridge with ones following in Chiswick, Putney and Selfridges before even expanding to Dubai.
10. Dettori is an ardent Anglophile and is a huge Arsenal fan, getting to the Emirates Stadium whenever time allows. However, he still supports Italy passionately and cuts a lonely figure watching their matches in the weighing room during major championships.
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