Saturday 24 February 2018

Frankie Dettori claims 3,000 British winners at Newmarket

Frankie Dettori celebrates his 3,000th British winner
Frankie Dettori celebrates his 3,000th British winner

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."

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