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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, June 8, 2015
Frankie Dettori says his Derby victory on
Golden Horn at Epsom on Saturday was the
biggest thrill of his career in the saddle.
Dettori won the Epsom classic on Authorized
in 2007 but his career has been through plenty
of troughs since, and victory on John Gosden s
striking colt was his first in a British classic
since Blue Bunting s 1000 Guineas win in 2011.
He was not given much of a chance to cel-
ebrate on Saturday, as he went on to ride at
Lingfield where he picked up another winner,
but Dettori enjoyed a party in Newmarket later
in the evening and reflected further on Sunday
Dettori said: "I was telling my dad last night
that in my 28 years in racing, that was the
biggest thrill I ever had. He s a great horse and
it s the best race in the world to win.
"Basically after that I was more or less
dragged off the horse for press interviews, then
I had a drink with The Queen and was whisked
off to Lingfield for a winner there.
"I came home to a mad house with friends
and family, and we had our celebrations. I ll
be honest, I didn t have a chance to look at
the race so I am looking forward to putting my
feet up and let it all sink in---I still can t believe
it."Dettori has won just about every big race in
the world during his glittering career, but his
hunger for the sport remains infectious even
though he admits his retirement might not be
too far away.
He added: "I ve probably got five years left
of my career so the years are running out. The
Derby is a one-off, just once a year like the
Monaco Grand Prix, Wimbledon or an FA Cup
final, so you don t get three or four goes a year.
"For that race you need a special horse and
you also have got to do the right thing, and
they all came together on Saturday for a fantastic
day. Emotionally I was thrilled and I cannot
put into words what I was feeling.
"I ve had a great start to the season, I m
riding well but to think you are going to win
the Derby is unthinkable. When it does happen,
you ve got no words to say how happy you are.
It s 280 years of racing history, it is the race
everybody wants to win and I ve done it---I m
just going to enjoy it now."
Dettori has been through plenty in the last
five years, at one time looking set to hang up
his saddle when he was banned for six months
for taking a prohibited substance.
But he has enjoyed something of a career
rebirth, partly thanks to his association as
retained rider for Al Shaqab Racing, although
it was in the black and white silks of Anthony
Oppenheimer that he celebrated Epsom victory
And he feels more able to enjoy big-race
victories now he is one of the veteran jockeys
in the weighing room, having possibly taken
things for granted in his younger years.
"I ve had a colourful life. Ups and downs,
but the last two or three years more downs
than ups. This is a massive boost for my con-
fidence and my life, and for my family as well
because my kids are old enough to understand.
To see the joy in their faces was fantastic," he
"I rushed off to Lingfield last night and when
I walked into the track I got a standing ova-
tion---I was just like---wow! How great the
public has been, it
shows the importance of the Derby. Sometimes
you forget how racing is such a well followed
sport and I really appreciate all the well wish-
"I was meant to go to Goodwood today but
I don t think I am capable to ride a horse. You
get to enjoy it more because you understand
the importance of it. When you are young you
just carry on.
"When you get the chance to speak to some-
one like John Terry you realise how important
it is to win the Premier League, and it s like
that when you win the Derby.
John Gosden would love to see Investec
Derby hero Golden Horn stay in training as
The impressive Epsom winner will aim to
extend his unbeaten record in the Coral-Eclipse
at Sandown on July 4, reverting to ten furlongs
despite quashing all doubts about his stamina
for a mile and a half.
Stablemate Jack Hobbs chased him home,
as he had in the Dante Stakes at York, and he
will stay at 12 furlongs for the Dubai Duty Free
Irish Derby at the Curragh on June 27.
"He s in the Eclipse, he s not in the Irish
Derby, it was something we discussed at the
supplementary stage that we wouldn t put
him in," said Gosden.
"The Eclipse in July looks like the direction
we ll go and then possibly on to York for the
"He s come out of the race well and it is
fair to say the Eclipse is uppermost in my
"For Jack Hobbs he ll run in the Irish Derby
and then we ll give him a holiday as he s a
big, rangy horse that will make a nice four-
and five-year-old---as you could see in his
frame yesterday, he s not yet fully furnished."
A crowd of 125,000 packed the famous
Downs, as Gosden landed a second Derby after
Benny The Dip in 1997.
Speaking at his Clarehaven yard in New-
market, Gosden was able to reflect on a special
He said: "I think Derby Day to us is so deep
in the fabric of our society, and the great thing
about the Derby is it really is the people s race.
"It was a great race, run very strongly, and
it was a clean affair.
"I thought the Dante form would be con-
firmed. I thought Jack Hobbs was a little
unbalanced, but he learnt a lot from York
whereas the other horse is more the finished
article. There were some imponderables,
though, in Success Days and Epicuris as I had
no form lines on those.
"It would be wonderful if Golden Horn was
kept in training next year. The owner is very
sporting and it would be my wish to do so.
I think it is great when you get good three-
year-olds racing at four.
"I like to see the older horses in training,
like they used to be before being packed off
to stud at three.
"It is fantastic for Newmarket what with
William Haggas horse (Storm The Stars) fin-
ishing third as well. It is a wonderful place
to train horses, but you have got to have the
right horses and proper mile-and-a-half horses
are few and far between."
Gosden is no stranger to training in America,
and took a keen interest in the performance
of American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes
last night, as the Bob Baffert-trained colt
became the first horse since 1978 to land the
He said: "I thought it was brilliant. When
I saw they had left him in front, I thought
he is going to kill them . They just let him
float along. It is unbelievable for American
racing. I was there for the last one in 1978,
although I was young it was great to see a
horse do it.
Gosden focuses on Golden future
Frankie Dettori celebrates his victory in the English Derby on Golden Horn at Epsom
Racecourse, England, Saturday.
The English Derby
Dettori says victory was biggest thrill
Golden Horn ridden by
Frankie Dettori leads to
win the English Derby
on Golden Horn at
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