Almost 50 – But Frankie’s Flying

Son Rocco wants to follow in Dad's footsteps

About to turn 50, charismatic Italian-born jockey Lanfranco Dettori has again been crowned the world’s number one jockey.

Bringing up a hattrick after also being declared numero uno in 2018 and 2019, Frankie has actually collared the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities’ (IFHA) award in four of the past six years.

It’s a remarkable feat in an era where Gen Z puppies would like to believe that anyone older than Gen X (24 – 38) is beyond their use by date.

According to Horse Racing Nation, Dettori’s latest gong follows victory in five of the globe’s 100 top-rated Group-Grade 1 races; they comprise the Gold Cup (Stradivarius), St James’s Palace Stakes (Palace Pier), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (Enable), Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup Stakes (Stradivarius), and Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard – Jacques Le Marois (Palace Pier).

Known for his quirky dismount after big race wins, Dettori finished on 102 points, just four ahead of Ryan Moore who, himself, claimed the title in 2014 and 2016. T

his is the seventh year of the award, one established by the IFHA with signature sponsor Longines.

Watch the clip below – Frankie Dettori with his son, Rocco, a promising rider who hopes to emulate his dad in the saddle.

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