Frankie Dettori claims 3,000 British winners at Newmarket
Published 12/08/2016 | 20:56
Jockey Frankie Dettori secured his 3,000th British winner when Predilection claimed victory at Newmarket on Friday evening.
The popular Italian rider reached the notable landmark with a half-length defeat of Palmerston in the James Hardie Cladding At U Plastics Handicap over a mile.
Dettori had earlier moved on to the 2,999-winner mark when Ghayyar landed the NGK Spark Plugs EBF Stallions Maiden - a race won in 2010 by the mighty Frankel.
Predilection, a 7-2 chance, made all of the running en route to victory as Dettori raised aloft his right arm when he crossed the line.
The 45-year-old then treated enthusiastic racegoers at his local track to his trademark flying dismount upon entering the winner's enclosure.
It was a fitting way to have reached the milestone as Predilection is trained by John Gosden, with whom Dettori has enjoyed such a profitable alliance in recent seasons - most significantly with last year's Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Golden Horn.
Dettori said: "It's special. I'm very emotional because my family are here as well.
"I got a tremendous cheer, it was brilliant.
"I didn't ride all week purposefully because Newmarket is where I'm from .
"I'm very pleased for it to have happened at Newmarket because this is where I landed 30 years ago.
"Who ever thought 30 years later I would have ridden all of those winners?
"It's not a big meeting, it's not a Royal Ascot - it's a mundane Friday night with 20,000 people!
"I'm relieved and very humble."