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Derby hero Frankie Dettori is all set for joy of six

By Frank Brownlow

Published 08/06/2015

Funtime: Frankie Dettori celebrates after riding Golden Horn to victory in the Derby at Epsom
Funtime: Frankie Dettori celebrates after riding Golden Horn to victory in the Derby at Epsom

Frankie Dettori has pledged to ride for another six years after battering the bookies yet again with his emotional Derby success on board Golden Horn.

The 44-year-old is back on top of his sport after coming back from some dark days, including a drugs ban.

"When you reach 50, for a jockey it is about the average age you stop. I am going to enjoy the next six years and if I can squeeze in another Derby that would be great, but maybe I am getting a bit greedy," Dettori said after his second Derby success, following on from his 2007 triumph on Authorized.

And the Italian admitted the win was made all the more special due to his struggles in recent years.

"I have tried to be myself. Everybody has ups and downs, the most important thing is to be positive and look forward," he said.

"I have had a few knockers on the way, those that like to kick you when you are down, but I never doubted myself."

He continued: "It was emotional. The win has still not sunk in. It's a big deal.

"Only when I woke up did I pinch myself that I had won the Derby and it was not a dream."

Golden Horn's triumph left bookies facing an industry-wide multi-million pound pay out.

David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "Frankie punished us in 2007 when Authorized won and it was as bad a Derby result this year. It was a tough day."

Paddy Power said: "Frankie is the only jockey the whole world and his dog knows and his win means the bookies have done their absolute conkers with a payout in the tens of millions."

William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke said: "Frankie has single-handedly smashed the bookies for millions of pounds. We'll be counting the cost of Dettori's Derby for some time."

Dettori hailed his victory as the "most thrilling moment" of his career, placing the win above both his Derby triumph on Authorized in 2007 and his 'Magnificent Seven' when he went through the card at Ascot in 1996, two occasions when the bookies were hammered.

Dettori said: "I told my dad that in my 28 years of riding that was my most thrilling moment, even more so than Ascot.

"Maybe because I'm older and realised how important it was, or the fact that I am running out of years - it was really special.

"The Derby is the best race in the world. This time I enjoyed it more."

It was a great day at Epsom too for Ulster jockey Pat Cosgrave who, riding in the Derby for the first time, rewarded each-way backers by finishing third on 16-1 shot Storm The Stars.

The Banbridge rider looks set to get another crack at Classic glory with Storm The Stars now heading for the St Leger at Doncaster in September.

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