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Frankie Dettori v Lester Piggott – Who is the best UK based jockey of all time?

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Dettori’s famous flying dismount after winning 2019 Gold Cup on Stradivarius

Is Frankie Dettori the best European jockey ever – even surpassing the legendary Lester Piggott – in racing’s Sport of Kings?

Italian maestro Lanfranco “Frankie” Dettori, MBE, wowed the 2019 Royal Ascot meeting, underlined by riding the first four winners on Thursday’s June 20 card, including the £500,000 (USD $636,970) Gold Cup, on board Stradivarius, who made it back to back Gold Cup wins in the UK’s most prestigious flat race.

“What a horse Stradivarius is – a horse for the big occasion – people love him,” said Dettori, after completing back to back Gold Cup successes.

Stradivarius, trained by John Gosden was heavily backed to win the £283,550 (USD $361,225) first prize.

“It’s great for everyone connected with the horse – every time he runs he delivers. He doesn’t know how to lose. A fantastic horse,” said Dettori.

Dettori had the bookies running scared on Ladies Day, after winning on A’Ali, Sangarius, Star Catcher, and Stradivarius.“Frankie Dettori rode a beautiful race,” said trainer Gosden, whose star stayer won the 2018 Yorkshire Cup, the Gold Cup, the Goodwood Cup and the Lonsdale Cup – to bag a £1m bonus, through the inaugural Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million.

Going into the 5th and final Day of Royal Ascot 2019 on Saturday, Dettori leads the race to the Champion Jockey’s crown having ridden 7 winner through the 1st four days, 2nd is Ryan Moore who has 5 wins, followed by Daniel Tudehope 1 further back on 4.

So is Dettori the top European Flat jockey ever?

Dettori, 48,  UK’s champion jockey three times, has ridden a total of 712 Group race winners of which 207 have come at the pinnacle Group 1 grade, this includes one of the greatest feats ever, by any jockey, anywhere in the world – riding all seven winners on a memorable British Champions Day at Ascot in 1996.

In 2012 Dettori split from riding with Godolphin racing, after being found guilty of reportedly taking cocaine, of which he was suspended from riding for six months.

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Dettori & Godolphin ended an amazing partnership when they parted company in 2012

Pocket-rocket Dettori, 5′ 4″, and his wife Catherine, live in Stetchworth, Newmarket, with their five children.

Legend Lester Piggott, 83, rode 4,493 career winners, including nine Derby victories, his first being in 1954 on Never Say Die, aged 18.

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Born on November 5, 1935, Piggott certainly lit up the racing world, notching up the British Flat racing champion jockey crown on 11 occasions.

Piggott, who retired in 1985 and became a trainer, was jailed for six months and stripped of his OBE, for tax fraud.

Piggott, who rode his first winner at the age of 12, made a dramatic comeback to the saddle in 1990, prior to officially retiring in 1995.

Piggott was in attendance with Her Majesty The Queen at Epsom Downs earlier this month, where a statue of him was unveiled, in recognition of his services to racing which included a record 9 Derby wins at the famous Epsom track.

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A statue in bronze of legendary flat jockey Lester Piggott was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on Derby Day at Epsom Down in 2019

Trainer Mark Johnston believes Dettori is, at very least, on par with Piggott, who has long been regarded as one of the greatest Flat racing jockeys of all time.

“On the big day, Frankie Dettori is special. No disrespect to Lester Piggott – a superhero – but to not call Frankie on the same terms would not be fair on  him. He has been the most fantastic jockey for British racing,” said Johnston.

Royal Ascot 2019: Lay of the Carnival (Day 3 – Thursday)

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Lay of the Carnival

Thursday 20 June 2019

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Royal Ascot

Race 4

Ascot Gold Cup

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Stradivarius 

Betfair Lay Price: $2.48

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Jockey: Frankie Dettori

Trainer: John Gosden

 

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2018 LONGINES WORLD HORSE RACING AWARDS

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2018: WORLD’S BEST RACE HORSE

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2018: WORLD’S BEST HORSE RACE

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2018 QATAR PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE FIELD, ODDS & TIPS

(1:05AM AEDST , 12:05AM AEST – MONDAY MORNING 08/10/18)

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Qatar Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe
€4,999,999 (AU$8,142,552.09)

3yo+

1m 4f

GROUP 1

19 runners

Going: Good to Firm

(1:05AM AEDST , 12:05AM AEST – MONDAY MORNING 08/10/18)

Draw

Horse

Weight

Jockey

Trainer

1

18

DEFOE 59,5kg ANDREA ATZENI R. VARIAN

2

07

SALOUEN 59,5kg OISIN MURPHY S. KIRK

3

04

CAPRI 59,5kg DONNACHA O’BRIEN AP. O’BRIEN

4

10

WAY TO PARIS 59,5kg GERALD MOSSE A. MARCIALIS

5

13

WALDGEIS-T 59,5kg PIERRE-CHARLES BOUDOT A. FABRE (S)

6

09

CLOTH OF STARS 59,5kg VINCENT CHEMINAUD A. FABRE (S)

7

08

TALISMAN-IC 59,5kg MICKAEL BARZALONA A. FABRE (S)

8

05

TIBERIAN 59,5kg WILLIAM BUICK A. COUETIL (S)

9

01

CLINCHER 59,5kg YUTAKA TAKE H. MIYAMOTO

10

06

ENABLE 58 kg LANFRANCO DETTORI J. GOSDEN

11

11

NEUFBOSC 56,5kg CRISTIAN DEMURO MME P. BRANDT

12

02

PATASCOY 56,5kg OLIVIER PESLIER X. THOMAS DEMEAULTE

13

14

KEW GARDENS 56,5kg RYAN-LEE MOORE AP. O’BRIEN

14

19

STUDY OF MAN 56,5kg STEPHANE PASQUIER P. BARY (S)

15

17

LOUIS D’OR 56,5kg ANTOINE HAMELIN T. CASTANHEIRA (S)

16

12

HUNTING HORN 56,5kg JAMES-ANTHONY HEFFERNAN AP. O’BRIEN

17

03

NELSON 56,5kg MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER HUSSEY AP. O’BRIEN

18

16

MAGICAL 55 kg WAYNE-MARTIN LORDAN AP. O’BRIEN

19

15

SEA OF CLASS 55 kg JAMES WILLIAM DOYLE WJ HAGGAS

1.DEFOE:

Trainer: Roger Varian

Jockey: Andrea Atzeni

Odds: $41.00

Group One wins: None

This son of Arc winner Dalakhani was back to his previously progressive form of last season in the wet spring, capped by victory in the Jockey Club Cup at Newmarket in May.

His dislike for fast ground was illustrated by defeat in the Tattersalls Gold Cup behind Lancaster Bomber in May and he was kept at home during the summer.

There is not a lot wrong with his comeback second in the Grosser Preis Von Baden, when surrendering ground on the home turn to finish a neck behind Godolphin’s Best Solution, but looks unlikely to get the testing conditions he needs.

2.SALOUEN:

Trainer: Sylvester Kirk

Jockey: Oisin Murphy

Odds: $67.00

Group One wins: None

Seems capable of ssecuring a place without winning at whatever level he sets his sights at, going particularly close behind Cracksman under a masterful Silvestre De Sousa ride in the Coronation Cup at Epsom in June and ran bravely against Waldgeist at Saint-Cloud in the summer.

Has not gone forward in two subsequent efforts.

Snaffling a minor place, if not out of the question, is the best he can hope for.

3.CAPRI:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Donnacha O’Brien

Odds: $17.00

Group One wins: Irish Derby, St Leger

A missing man for much of this season but as interesting as any of those at a big price.

Won what now looks an outstanding contest in last year’s St Leger and best forgiven beating only one home when reappearing just a fortnight later in the Arc.

Fifth spot behind Waldgeist on a belated comeback in the Prix Foy does not make encouraging reading on paper, but he hit a flat spot and rallied at the end. Capable of much better and is a big price for his achievements.

4.WAY TO PARIS:

Trainer: Antonio Marcialis

Jockey: Gerald Mosse

Odds: $101.00

Group One wins: None

Exactly 30 years since the last Italian-trained Arc winner, Tony Bin, and this would be considerably more of a surprise.

Deserving of a place in the line-up, given he has not been far behind Waldgeist on three occasions this year, most recently in the Prix Foy, but has never looked likely to overhaul that rival and there is no immediately forthcoming reason why that should change here.

5.WALDGEIST:

Trainer: Andre Fabre

Jockey: Pierre-Charles Boudot

Odds: $7.50

Group One wins: Criterium de Saint-Cloud, Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud

No trainer knows what an Arc horse looks like better than Andre Fabre and this son of Galileo appears to have been campaigned as one all season.

Not impressive in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud when he edged out Coronet, the four-year-old was far more convincing when winning the Prix Foy last month and must be greatly respected.

Whilst the ground is unlikely to be allowed to become lightning fast, it must be a concern whether he is effective on quicker conditions.

6.CLOTH OF STARS:

Trainer: Andre Fabre

Jockey: Vincent Cheminaud

Odds: $26.00

Group One wins: Prix Ganay

Ran a blinder last year to stay on through the field for second behind Enable, but had a much stronger back catalogue of efforts to show than he does this year. Encouragement could be taken from his third behind Waldgeist in the Foy and will have been brought on to peak here but still looks short of what is required.

7.TALISMANIC:

Trainer: Andre Fabre

Jockey: Mickael Barzalona

Odds: $21.00

Group One wins: Breeders’ Cup Turf

Popular performer, not only for his distinctive white markings but for a string of genuine efforts.

Fabre had no complaints with a runner-up placing behind Waldgeist in the Foy but issued some concern about the mile and a half now being a little beyond his capabilities.

Likes to hear his feet rattle, but this is a tougher test than when he won at the Breeders’ Cup.

8.TIBERIAN:

Trainer: Alain Couetil

Jockey: William Buick

Odds: $51.00

Group One wins: None

A fine servant to connections over time, who was a respectable seventh in the Melbourne Cup this time last year.

Unfortunately he is without a win in a year now and a tame fifth in the Grand Prix de Deauville was not a glowing recommendation for his prospects in such company.

9.CLINCHER:

Trainer: Hiroshi Miyamoto

Jockey: Yutaka Take

Odds: $51.00

Group One wins: None

Japanese runners in the Arc always merit respect but not many have arrived with less fanfare in recent years.

A fine third in the Tenno Sho over two miles and has some reasonable middle-distance form, too.

Although his trainer admitted prior to the Prix Foy that he would expect improvement on his next outing, there needs to be an awful lot as he was beaten eight lengths.

10.ENABLE:

Trainer: John Gosden

Jockey: Frankie Dettori

Odds: $2.10

Group One wins: Oaks, Irish Oaks, King George, Yorkshire Oaks, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

There was not a more welcome sight all year than seeing this fabulous filly skip to a ready defeat of the high-class Crystal Ocean in the September Stakes at Kempton last month.

A fine winner of the race last year and she ought to strip even fitter after looking as if she had developed into an even more robust specimen on her first run since last October.

Earlier issues with her knees will continue to be a worry but if Gosden has her on the starting line, she will take all the beating.

11.NEUFBOSC:

Trainer: Pia Brandt

Jockey: Christian Demuro

Odds: $34.00

Group One wins: None

Lightly-raced colt who was worn down by Kew Gardens in the Grand Prix de Paris before being put away for the summer. Looked rather rusty under restrained tactics when third in the Prix Niel. Has a lot to prove on form, but represents a shrewd trainer who would not allow him to take part unless she felt he could be competitive.

Not an obvious winner, but not one to underestimate.

12.PATASCOY:

Trainer: Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte

Jockey: Olivier Peslier

Odds: $34.00

Group One wins: None

Appeared from out of the provincial tracks to run a blinder in the French Derby, finishing second behind Study Of Man from a wide draw. Unfortunately, that has not looked much of a race and although his comeback in a tactical race behind Knight To Behold at Deauville was perfectly OK, he just does not look good enough.

13.KEW GARDENS:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Ryan Moore

Odds: $11.00

Group One wins: Grand Prix de Paris, St Leger

Had begun to look one to avoid in the Derby trials only to summon a dramatic turnaround, barely looking back since his towering win in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot. The change in tactics from a prominent role, to one being held-up seems to have made all the difference.

Produced an admirable victory in the St Leger and very much deserving of a chance at this level.

Main worry is that following up here after the demands of Doncaster has been beyond other Ballydoyle runners such as Leading Light, Scorpion and Capri and he is not an obviously different specimen.

14.STUDY OF MAN:

Trainer: Pascal Bary

Jockey: Stephane Pasquier

Odds: $34.00

Group One wins: Prix du Jockey Club

Showed a willing attitude in winning the French Derby but has not been smooth sailing since then, suffering fairly heavy defeats in both his Deauville comeback and in the Irish Champion Stakes.

Untried beyond a mile and a quarter and pedigree does not exactly scream that he wants the trip either, so fairly quickly passed by.

15.LOUIS D’OR:

Trainer: Tony Castanheira

Jockey: Antoine Hamelin

Odds: $101.00

Group One wins: None

One win at conditions level in 13 starts probably sums up the prospects of this fellow.

A career-best when outrunning huge odds to be third in the French Derby but has not built on that when his sights have been lowered and seemed not to stay when tried at this trip last time in the Prix Niel.

16.HUNTING HORN:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Seamie O’Brien

Odds: $51.00

Group One wins: None

Made a valuable contribution to the O’Brien yard this year, not only winning the Hampton Court Stakes in fine fashion but taking third in the Belmont Derby and struggling to overcome a wide draw in the Secretariat Stakes.

Defeat to Brundtland in the Prix Niel, though, is not Arc-winning form and surely only included as back-up to Kew Gardens.

17.NELSON:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Michael Hussey

Odds: $101.00

Group One wins: None

Been on pacemaking duties for Ballydoyle for most of the year and that is the only feasible reason for his inclusion in the field.

18.MAGICAL:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Wayne Lordan

Odds: $51.00

Group One wins: None

Might well have got closer to Laurens in the Matron Stakes, but for meeting interference and looks to have been primed to pick up a big prize before the year is out.

However, managing that in such a distinguished line-up would be a lot to ask and although full-sister Rhododendron stayed a mile and a half, she has barely set foot beyond eight furlongs yet.

19.SEA OF CLASS

Trainer: William Haggas

Jockey: James Doyle

Odds: $4.50

Group One wins: Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks

Missed the Oaks at Epsom but certainly made up for lost time and has really gelled with the confident riding of James Doyle.

Bred for the challenge and even his often cautious trainer has warmed to the idea of Paris.

Will not mind the dry spell and although this is a very different assignment to what she has experienced before, she ought to be ready for it.

TIPS:

10.ENABLE*****

19.SEA OF CLASS

14.STUDY OF MAN

13.KEW GARDENS

6.CLOTH OF STARS

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Irish Group One Winner For Fastnet Rock

Fastnet Rock has sired his second northern hemisphere G1 winner with the Aidan O’Brien-trained filly Diamondsandrubies taking out the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

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Diamondsandrubies Horseform (Fastnet Rock x Quarter Moon by Sadler’s Wells) is the 21st G1 winner overall for Fastnet Rock, who will be crowned Australia’s champion sire for the third time this season. The Danehill stallion did not make the trip up from Coolmore’s base in Australia for the northern hemisphere breeding season this year for the first time since 2010.

Diamondsandrubies is the second G1 winner in the UK and Ireland for Fastnet Rock this month, joining his stablemate Qualify who won the Oaks at Epsom.

Qualify beat 10000 Guineas winner Legatissimo  in the Oaks and that filly by Danehill Dancer again came off second best when she just failed to run down Diamondsandrubies at the Curragh.

Winner of the Cheshire Oaks earlier this season, Diamondsandrubies was unlucky in the Oaks at Epsom when she suffered interference when finishing fourth.

Diamondsandrubies is out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Quarter Moon, who won the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at two before finishing second in the Epsom Oaks and Irish Oaks for O’Brien.

The 16-year-old mare has produced seven winners including You’ll Be Mine, who was second in the G1 Fillies’ Mile, and G3-placed Born To Be King.

Quarter Moon is one of seven winners out of Jude, a daughter of Darshaan. They include Irish 1000 Guineas winner Yesterday and Oaks third All My Loving.

Diamondsandrubies has a two-year-old sister named How High The Moon, who is in training with O’Brien and who is entered to run in a maiden at Tipperary on Thursday.

• IMPOSING Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs  is the fourth G1 winner and 53rd stakes winner for his now pensioned sire Halling.

Halling was retired from full time service at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket in 2013 at the age of 22 after the son of Diesis had covered for 17 consecutive seasons including a stint standing at Emirates Stud in Dubai.

Jack Hobbs is his fourth G1 winner joining Grand Prix de Paris winner Cavalryman, Prix Ganay winner Cutlass Bay and Preis von Europa winner Empoli.

His trainer John Gosden also trained Halling.

Purchased by Blandford Bloodstock for 60,000gns from the draft of Minster Stud at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book Two, Jack Hobbs is from the US winner Swain’s Gold, a daughter of Swain,

Bred by by former champion jockey Willie Carson, Jack Hobbs is the fifth foal from Swain’s Gold, also producing the triple winner Mrs Greeley and Niceofyoutotellme, winner of the Suffolk Handicap at Newmarket last year.

Swain’s Gold is out of the Don’t Forget Me mare Golden Pond, a G2 winner at Gulfstream Park and a half-sister to the dam of May Hill Stakes winner Pollenator.

Swain’s Gold has a two-year-old colt by Equiano, a yearling colt by Mayson and a filly foal by Australia’s Golden Slipper winner Sepoy.

Jack Hobbs is the fourth Tattersalls sold winner of the Irish Derby in five years and the first British-trained winner of Ireland’s premier classic since 1993.

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