Sir Anthony salutes Dettori
Sir Anthony McCoy paid a handsome tribute to Frankie Dettori after the Italian rode his 3,000th winner in Britain.
Sir Anthony paid tribute to Frankie Dettori
For many years the two men were the leading lights in their disciplines before McCoy retired from the National Hunt game after winning his 20th championship
While both share a love of Arsenal Football Club, that is perhaps the only thing they have in common given their differing personalities – but the admiration they have for each other has always been apparent.
McCoy said: "I filed a piece with Frankie before the Derby, riding around Epsom, and I said to him, 'Imagine how many winners you could have ridden if you'd just tried a bit harder!'.
"But, no, it's a tremendous achievement.
"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.
"To ride that many winners when he has openly admitted he only really gets himself up for the big days is some achievement.
"He's the most famous jockey in the world and that must come with its fair amount of pressure, but he's brilliant for the game.
"I'm sure there's plenty more to come, but to ride 3,000 is great and it's something he can be very proud of."