The End of an Era: Frankie Dettori at Royal Ascot 2023
As the summer rolls in, so does the excitement surrounding one of horse racing’s most prestigious events – the Royal Ascot. This year, all eyes are on Frankie Dettori as he prepares to make his final appearance at this grand spectacle.
Dettori has had a remarkable career spanning decades and is considered one of the greatest jockeys of all time. He has won an incredible 77 times at Royal Ascot, including his historic “Magnificent Seven” victory back in 1996 that cemented his status as a household name.
This year, however, marks the end of an era as Dettori plans to hang up his boots at the end of the season. As such, there is bound to be plenty of buzz surrounding each and every one of his rides during this five-day extravaganza.
A Betting Frenzy: The “Frankie Factor”
Punters have already started placing their bets on each race that features Dettori’s participation thanks to what many call ‘The Frankie Factor.’ Bookmakers like Bet Victor expect Saga and Chaldean will be popular choices among punters who cannot resist backing horses ridden by this famous Italian jockey.
Betting experts predict there will likely be a surge in wagers placed on these horses leading up to their respective races. Sam Boswell from Bet Victor said:”It’s early days yet but we’re seeing interest in all Frankies’ rides for this week,”
“While we will be praying Frankie doesn’t do the unthinkable and kick off the meeting with six winners, it’s hard to not see him at least get off the mark on day one.
A Strong Start for Dettori
With his strong book of rides on opening day, Dettori is already a favourite among punters. Last year’s Coronation Stakes winner Inspiral could get his day started on a high note as he aims to defend their title in the Queen Anne Stakes.
The legendary jockey also has an unbeaten two-year-old Givemethebeatboys in tow for Jessica Harrington’s stable in Coventry stakes and Willie Mullins’ Absurde for Copper Horse Handicap.
Wesley Ward Elects Own Riders
One man who will not be joining forces with Dettori this year is Wesley Ward. The American handler explained why he elected to use his own riders instead:
“It is Royal Ascot and Frankie is my man at Royal Ascot, but these American jockeys love to come to Ascot.”
This decision may disappoint some fans who were looking forward to seeing these two giants collaborate once again; however, there are still many other exciting races yet to unfold.
The Final Stretch: Who Will Reign Supreme?
Dettori might have amassed an impressive number of wins throughout his career – more than anyone else besides Lester Piggott when it comes specifically down to Royal Ascot – but that does not guarantee success this time around. He faces stiff competition from fellow rider Ryan Moore, who currently leads Paddy Power’s leading rider market prediction charts.
Only time will tell who comes out on top in this year’s Royal Ascot, but one thing is for sure – it will be a bittersweet moment when Dettori finally hangs up his boots and says goodbye to the sport he has dedicated so much of his life to.