Horse Racing Legend Frankie Dettori Unveils Next Move Amidst Melbourne Cup’s High-Stakes Equine Betting

Published 11/06/2023, 9:03 AM EST

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According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the Melbourne Cup was first held in 1861. It has evolved into one of the most prestigious horse races in the world. Moreover, it is the most important Australian thoroughbred race on the calendar. Taking place on the first Tuesday of every November, it is held at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. The current edition of the race will have a few surprises in store.

One of them features legendary Italian jockey Frankie Dettori. Dettori is presently in California and will make the trip to Australia. The Melbourne Cup is the one trophy he has yet to win in a storied career spanning well over three decades. Besides that, the Call of the Card prior to the race saw great interest generated in it by equestrian fans.

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As informed on X, there followed a plethora of huge bets placed on the equines set to run on Tuesday. Statistically, the update continued, the best price bet on each horse guarantees a good amount in winnings. The tweet went, “Some great betting to wrap up the Call of the Card. Best price bet about each horse saw a total market of 99.9% for good (prize-money) volume.”

Frankie Dettori also posted an update on X. Dettori had initially planned to hang up his boots following participation at the Melbourne Cup. Unfortunately, as he pointed out, he will take in the spectacle as a spectator. He incurred a 16-day-long suspension for breaches in whip rules. That put paid to his pursuit of the Melbourne Cup, his holy grail, as it were. In terms of winnings, he was on course to have his best season yet.


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Frankie Dettori’s age caught up to him

However, with the Melbourne Cup no longer part of the equation, that personal record from 2019 is likely to stay untouched. Additionally, Dettori will turn 53 in mid-December. He outraced Father Time for a significant duration. In the end, the latter, as he always does with anyone gunning it in the opposite direction, caught up. Dettori could not evade him any longer.

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It remains to be seen whether Dettori delays retirement long enough to add the Melbourne Cup to his collection. While not allowed to race in this edition, Dettori admitted he was looking forward to being a spectator during the event. He hoped for an enjoyable race. Bettors, depending on the outcome of the race, will win big going by the indications at the Call of the Card.

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Anirudh Haridas


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Anirudh Haridas is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A staunch sports fan, Anirudh brings his experience as a Soccer content writer. A diehard fan of ice hockey, Anirudh delved into the US sports arena, driven by the phenomenal pace of the sport.
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Shifa Jahan