Dettori in bloom
Published 17/10/2010 | 05:00
Frankie Dettori insists he has no thoughts of hanging up his riding boots in the near future -- and could ride until he reaches 50.
The ever-popular Italian turns 40 before the year is out, but is arguably riding as well as ever and retirement is anything but on his mind.
As a big weekend beckons at Newmarket with the last staging of Champions' Day before its controversial reinvention at Ascot next year, Dettori said he is more than happy with his lot at the moment.
"When I first started, I just wanted to be a jockey, but I never even dreamt of being where I am now," he said. "Things just developed, I had some great teachers, success came, Godolphin was invented and it went nuts in 1996 when I won seven at Ascot.
"I love it, it becomes part of your life. I go to work with a smile on my face. I never thought I would carry on until I am 50, but I feel happy and healthy and it's not a million miles away. As long as I keep myself tidy and injury free and have a good job I'll carry on as long as I can."