UK Racing: I Will Retire In 2023 Says Frankie Dettori

Lanfranco Dettori
Lanfranco Dettori

Frankie Dettori has announced he will retire from the saddle at the end of 2023.

The Italian, 52, has enjoyed a glittering career, but on a blank day of racing in Britain and Ireland he confirmed on ITV Racing that next year will be his last.

He said: "Next year, 2023, will be my final professional year as a jockey.

"I will break the news now. It is something I have been thinking about for a while and what an appropriate day to tell the racing world that it is going to be my finale next year."

Dettori's place in the pantheon of the sport's greatest jockeys has long since being assured, with his achievements far too many to mention.

He has been associated with numerous equine greats, including dual Arc heroine Enable, the mighty stayer Stradivarius and two Derby winners in Authorized and Golden Horn.

Dettori said he will officially bow out at next year's Breeders' Cup meeting at Santa Anita in November.

He added: "The plan is I am riding Boxing Day in Santa Anita and I'm planning to spend 10 weeks in California.

"I should make my way back via Dubai and Saudi and I guess start my (British) season in Newmarket.

"I will be riding right through, obviously it will be my last Guineas, my last Derby, my last Royal Ascot so on and so forth and then will probably finish (in Britain) at either Champions Day at Ascot or at Newmarket.

"The final farewell as a professional rider will be in California at the Breeders' Cup."

Dettori insists the decision to call it a day is not one he has taken lightly.



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