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52-Year-Old Equestrian Jockey’s Spectacular Farewell Tour Marches On, Notching Another Memorable Victory

Published 09/18/2023, 6:03 PM EDT

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Frankie Dettori is an established name in the equestrian sporting world. He has had a long illustrious career and has won many titles and brought smiles to millions of faces. The Italian jockey is set to retire this year for which he started his farewell tour which took him to prestigious places and currently was in Sweden.

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This farewell season the legend started with a win at the Grade 1 race at the 2,000 Guineas riding Chaldean and then the Oaks on Soul Sister. The most remarkable one was in June when he claimed his ninth Gold Cup at Royal Escort. With the tour which is still in progress after the Bro Park race the legend’s upcoming race is the QIPCO British Champions Day which many equestrian enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for to see their favorite jockey at the British Classics.

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Equestrian legend Frankie Dettori‘s farewell tour took him to Sweden where he took part in the races at Bro Park. His initial races had setbacks and it began to appear that his tour would end in disappointment. The legend scored a win in his last race and turned that disappointment into a memorable tour. Frankie finished ninth in the prestigious  Stockholm Cup after riding last year’s winner Hard One To Please.

The legend had finished third in the other two races- the Tattersalls Nickes Memorial riding Pusjkin and the Bro Park Sprint Championship riding Let’s Go Crazy. But, in his last race the Lanwades Stakes he claimed victory riding Takeko. Both the jockey and the Swedish Racing Authority were happy with the tour which served each one’s purpose. As per Sporting Life, the farewell tour is still to reach many places, the one which is the highlight apart from the Breeders Cup is the QIPCO British Champions Day.

Frankie secured second place in the Betfred St. Leger riding Arrest and fell short of adding another victory to his 23 British Classic victories. Now, all eyes are on whether he will be able to add one at the Ascot this October. His record at the Ascort is not quite good. Winning 228 races from 1509 is less, but for a rider like Frankie big race days matter and he aims to pull another win in his career-ending season. He will also be performing at the QIPCO British Champions Day soon this year.


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The QIPCO British Champions Day is one of the prestigious races in Britain and is considered one of the Classics. It is highly valued and is considered the final race in the flat racing season in British equestrian. Ascot Racecourse is the venue for this race and this championship has the highest prize money.

Trainers and jockeys flock to the event to compete in the richest racing day. The championship has four Group 1 races on the day – Championship Stake, Elizabeth II Stakes, British Champions Sprint Stakes, and British Champions Fillies and Mare Stakes. The championship started in 2011 and incorporates 35 top Flat races and festivals. Frankie will look to make his mark at this event and also win at a high considering his farewell season in mind.

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Frankie Dettori’s farewell tour has taken him to many places where he had memorable wins and entertained the spectators with his riding skills. After a memorable tour of Sweden in now steps towards the upcoming events to make them historic in the last season of his career.

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Saiful Khan

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Saiful is an American Sports writer at Essentially Sports who specializes in Rodeo and equestrian. His passion for sports extends to the field of equestrianism and is fascinated by the speed of horses as he is by the wrath of bull riding. Being an avid sports enthusiast, Saiful is a big admirer of the mastery of British equestrian Charlotte Dujardin.

Edited By: Brandon Gabriel