The curtain has fallen on Frankie Dettori’s 36th season in the saddle, but the racing showman isn’t ready to close the chapter on his career.
The 50-year-old has ridden more than 3,000 winners, clinched three hockey championship titles and has won each British Classic more than once.
For more than three decades, Dettori has been the face of the sport with fears about his future when Britain’s best-known jockey finally retires.
Jockey Frankie Dettori, who has opened up to his life in a new movie, is not ready to retire
For more than three decades, Dettori has been the face of horse racing and now has a movie about the race.
Although the Italian pilot, who has lifted the lid on his life in his brand new film Dettori, he insists that he is not willing to end the day just yet.
“I have no intention of stopping at this point,” he said. Sportsmail.
‘I take one year at a time, is it three years, is it five years? I really do not know.
For the moment I’m fine. I feel healthy, I keep having good races, I keep having a good job and I keep enjoying myself and that’s the most important thing.
Dettori is now available in select theaters and Blu-ray, DVD & Download
‘In my work you are not going to stop stopping, especially at my age because when I fall I break. Not because I fall differently, but my bones are hard. When you are 20, they give a little, now they don’t give anything, they just click.
“That’s the million dollar question everyone asks me, I really don’t know.”
The captivating rider opens up about being sent to England by his father and former champion jockey Gianfranco as a young teenager, his desire for fame and also reliving the moment he was saved from a burning plane in a close-up without precedents of the racing star.
Dettori broke his right ankle and thumb when a plane heading to Goodwood, Sussex, crashed on takeoff at Newmarket, Suffolk, 21 years ago. Pilot Patrick Mackey was killed.
Dettori is eternally grateful for the quick thinking of his close friend Ray Cochrane, who rescued him from the burning hell. Earlier this month he found himself in a defenseless position on the course.
His Breeders’ Cup youth turf mount Albahr reared and fell backwards into the stalls, but Dettori was able to escape unscathed thanks to a quick reaction from a handler in the stalls.
Dettori became known for his trademark flying disassembly after recording great career success.
In fact, I was lucky. If it weren’t for the guy from the stables who saved me, I would have probably been crushed because when the horse came up he had nothing to hold, ” Dettori recalled.
The guy dragged me and the horse just landed backwards and he would have crushed me so I was lucky and the guy got a good kick too.
‘I saw him the next day, gave him a big hug and thanked him. That’s part of my job, you don’t know what’s around the corner.
“ I was quite shocked at the hotel. You realize what could have happened. I could have spent the next six weeks in an American hospital, crushed, so I was lucky. ”
Despite the dangers, Dettori still gets ‘excited’ and ‘nervous’ and has the same ‘desire’ that he always had before races.
Dettori (pictured aboard the Enable star) still has the same ‘wish’ he always had before races
“They call it butterflies, but I really don’t know what that means, since I don’t feel like butterflies,” he said.
‘My mouth is dry, my heart is beating fast, I guess it’s butterflies. I still have the same kind of feeling, so it’s good. ”
He has won the Derby twice, has 21 British classics to his name and made history by becoming the first rider to ride all seven winners in a single meeting in 1996, but there is a career that eludes him.
‘I would love to win the July Cup. I am a boy from Newmarket, I am 36 years old and it is the only Group One I have not won in England, on my own doorstep. I’d like to check that box. ‘
‘It is important. Newmarket has given me a lot and it is something that has eluded me for many years. I think I was second four times so we will try. ”
Dettori is ready to take center stage for a while yet.
Dettori is available now in select theaters and Blu-ray, DVD & Download. It’s also coming to Sky Documentaries on December 4.