Frankie Dettori

Volcanic Sky on Fire in Nad Al Sheba Trophy

Godolphin's royal blue silks were seemingly everywhere at Meydan on Thursday, as the operation swept four of the five Thoroughbred races on the card and both group stakes with Volcanic Sky (GB) (Street Cry {Ire}) in the G3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy and Star Safari (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) in the G3 Dubai Millennium S. The former was coming in off a win in a Feb. 11 2410-metre handicap score locally and gave his trainer Saeed bin Suroor and jockey Frankie Dettori a win on the card. The bay...

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Classic Winner Balanchine Dies

Balanchine (Storm Bird-Morning Devotion, by Affirmed), who became the first Classic winner for Godolphin and Frankie Dettori when winning the 1994 G1 Epsom Oaks, has died aged 30. The chestnut mare had been pensioned from breeding duties for the past seven years and lived out her days at Sheikh Mohammed's Gainsborough Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. Bred by Robert Sangster's Swettenham Stud, Balanchine was campaigned by Sangster during a 2-year-old campaign in which she won her two starts by a combined 10 lengths. Purchased thereafter by Sheikh Mohammed's elder brother Sheikh...

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Dettori Picks Up Prince of Arran Ride

Jockey Frankie Dettori will ride Prince Of Arran (GB) (Shirocco {Ger}) in the Red Sea Turf H. at King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Saudi Arabia on Feb. 20. A three-time placer in the G1 Melbourne Cup, the Charlie Fellowes trainee is doing well in advance of the $2.5-milllion contest. In his latest start, the gelding was third at Kempton in a two-mile synthetic affair on Feb. 6. "He's in good nick and I'm looking forward to seeing him out there, hopefully the journey goes well," Fellowes told ITV Racing. "We've got...

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Options Open For Soft Whisper

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor is keeping options open for his Listed UAE 1000 Guineas winner Soft Whisper (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), with next week's G3 UAE Oaks and Saudi Derby both still on the table. "She is entered in the UAE Oaks and also the Saudi Derby," bin Suroor said. "She's in both races and we will keep options open. She is a good filly and unbeaten in Dubai. She won the Guineas Trial and also the Guineas under Frankie [Dettori]. She won both races really well and has come back...

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Dubawi's 'Whisper' Stuns in UAE 1000 Guineas

Soft Whisper (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) was anything but subtle when delivering a seven-length tour-de-force in the Listed UAE 1000 Guineas at Meydan on Thursday night. Forwardly placed from the bell, the heavy favourite charged straight to the head of affairs and dueled with Heshmah (Kitten's Joy) who passed her leaving the chute. Poised in second, the filly always appeared full of run and reinsman Frankie Dettori was practically motionless as Soft Whisper ranged alongside Heshmah with less than 600 metres remaining. It was only a matter of how far from...

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Dettori Scoops Longines Award For Fourth Time

Frankie Dettori turned 50 at the end of 2020 and it was yet another memorable year for the jockey on the racecourse, during which he earned his third consecutive Longines World's Best Jockey Award. He first won the award in 2015. "Whoever thought at my age I could still do it," said Dettori from his home in Newmarket as he joined the Longines Racing Awards via a video link.  The most successful horses with which the Italian-born jockey was associated in 2020 were the European champion 3-year-old colt, Palace Pier...

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Virtual Longines Awards On Tuesday

The Longines World Racing Awards ceremony will take place virtually on Tuesday, Jan. 26 beginning at 2 p.m. GMT/9 a.m. EST. Francesca Cumani will host the show, which will be released on multiple digital platforms including the social media accounts of Longines, the IFHA and World Horse Racing, from the National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket. The ceremony will reveal the highest-rated horses in the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings in 2020, as well as the Longines World's Best Horse Race for 2020. The 2020 Longines World's Best Jockey, Frankie...

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Iffraaj's Land Of Legends Takes The Al Fahidi Fort

Land Of Legends (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}) provided a throwback result in Thursday's G2 Al Fahidi Fort at Meydan, giving the once-prolific trainer and jockey combination of Saeed bin Suroor and Frankie Dettori-together responsible for so many big-race moments in Dubai--their first wins at the 2021 carnival. Unraced at two, Land Of Legends strung together three wins-a novice race and a pair of handicaps--in the summer of 2019. He managed a pair of seconds in handicap company going a mile on the turf at last year's carnival and had not been...

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Longines WRA Ceremony to Be Virtual

The 2020 Longines World Racing Awards ceremony will be held in a virtual format on Jan. 26 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Organised by Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), the event will celebrate the Longines World's Best Racehorse, the Longines World's Best Horse Race and the Longines World's Best Jockey of the 2020 season. The ceremony will be released on multiple digital platforms including the social media accounts of Longines and the IFHA. The Longines WBRR are established by international handicappers according to the performance...

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Frankie Dettori Celebrates 50 Years on Tuesday

Leading Flat jockey Frankie Dettori, who is also an ambassador for Sporting Index, will celebrate his 50th birthday on Tuesday. The Italian's mounts have found the winner's circle a total of 262 times at Group 1 level and have earned £150 million in prize money. In 2020, Dettori had nine Group 1 wins worldwide, as well as a 70th winner at Royal Ascot. "I have never felt fitter or more ready and able than I am now at this milestone," said Dettori, who has celebrated 63 of those Group 1...

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Bidding Closing On Enable Headcollar

Bidding on an Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) headcollar signed by Frankie Dettori and John Gosden is set to close at 10 p.m. GMT on Sunday. The item is being auctioned to benefit East Anglia Childrens Hospices (EACH) and has reached £10,000. The headcollar was donated by Enable's owner/breeder Juddmonte Farms and comes with a letter of authenticity. Bids can be made via the Celebrity Bottom Drawer auction by clicking here.

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Frankie Dettori Named Longines World's Best Jockey

Frankie Dettori has been crowned the 2020 Longines World's Best Jockey, the third year in a row the Italian has received the accolade. Dettori, who also won the award in 2015, captured five of the world's Top 100 Group or Grade 1 races in 2020, aboard Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) in the Gold Cup and Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup S.; Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}) in the St James's Palace S. and Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois; and the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth...

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