Dettori takes 3,000th British winner at Newmarket
Jockey Frankie Dettori has secured his 3,000th British winner after Predilection won at Newmarket on Friday evening.
The popular Italian rider reached the notable landmark with a half-length defeat of Palmerston in the James Hardie Cladding At U Plastics Handicap over a mile.
Dettori had earlier moved on to the 2,999-winner mark when Ghayyar landed the NGK Spark Plugs EBF Stallions Maiden – a race won in 2010 by the mighty Frankel.
Predilection, a 7-2 chance, made all of the running en route to victory as Dettori raised aloft his right arm when he crossed the line.
The 45-year-old then treated enthusiastic racegoers at his local track to his trademark flying dismount upon entering the winner’s enclosure.
It was a fitting way to have reached the milestone as Predilection is trained by John Gosden, with whom Dettori has enjoyed such a profitable alliance in recent seasons – most significantly with last year’s Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Golden Horn.
Dettorri is now the sixth most successful flat jockey in British racing history.
Tony McCoy has lead the tributes to Dettorri, with the former National Hunt maestro saying “he’s been absolutely brilliant for the sport, he’s a great showman and a brilliant performer.
“The last year and a half he’s been right back at the top of his game after a lean spell and it’s been great to see.
“He’ll appreciate it more now, I bet you, after that time he was struggling for rides and wondering where he was going. I bet he’s loving it at the moment.
“When you’re as talented as he is and you think you’re invincible and all of a sudden you are in the doldrums, that must be hard to take, so I think what happened has made him a stronger person, not just a better jockey.
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger as they say, and that certainly rings true for Frankie.