Skip to main content
Part of complete coverage on

Dettori to go freelance in 2013

October 22, 2012 -- Updated 1356 GMT (2156 HKT)
Jockey Frankie Dettori has raced for the Godolphin stable since 1994.
Jockey Frankie Dettori has raced for the Godolphin stable since 1994.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Jockey Frankie Dettori leaves Goldolphin stable after 18 years
  • The Italian could continue to race for the stable on a freelance basis
  • Godolphin owned by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
  • Dettori is perhaps most famous for winning seven races in a day in 1996

(CNN) -- Racing legend Frankie Dettori will work as a freelance jockey in 2013, ending an 18-year spell with the Dubai-owned Godolphin stable.

The Italian will not be directly employed by Godolphin, owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, but will continue to race for the stable.

Read: Frankel storms to farewell victory

"We have had a tremendous association with Frankie over many years," Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford said in a statement.

"He has achieved so much on behalf of Godolphin and has made the difference between winning and losing on so many occasions in the world's biggest races.

Frankel ends career in dramatic style
A second chance for injured racehorses

"However, Frankie is looking for a fresh challenge and we felt that the retainer was not really working so this is the best way forward. We have had many great days together and we look forward to working with Frankie in the future and hopefully enjoying more success together.

"He remains a great friend -- the difference next year will be that he will not be our retained jockey and will operate as a freelance instead."

Read: What makes Frankel so special?

Dettori has ridden 110 Group or Grade One winners for Godolphin since claiming the stable's first Classic on Balanchine in 1994.

"I have had 18 wonderful years," said the 41-year-old Dettori as he looked back on his time in the royal blue silks. "Godolphin has been a major part of everything I have achieved in racing and I have loved every minute of it.

"I feel the time has come for a change. My position in the stable has changed a little bit and I need a new challenge.

"Sheikh Mohammed has been an unbelievable boss to me. He had the confidence to take me on board when I was young and we smashed every record together. I will be forever grateful to him for everything he has done for me and for my family."

Arguably Dettori is most famous for riding seven different winners in one day at British racecourse Ascot in September 1996.

Godolphin will retain French jockey Mickael Barzalona and Brazil's Silvestre de Sousa for next year.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
August 13, 2014 -- Updated 1107 GMT (1907 HKT)
Each August, over a thousand tents and hundreds of horses converge on Little Big Horn River in Montana for the Crow Fair and Rodeo.
August 1, 2014 -- Updated 0957 GMT (1757 HKT)
Show me the money! Hollywood star Tom Cruise was a big hit when he visited the Glorious Goodwood festival.
July 21, 2014 -- Updated 1241 GMT (2041 HKT)
Little-known outside the tribes of the Rocky Mountains in the American northwest, Indian Relay is a "magical" horse-racing relay.
July 8, 2014 -- Updated 1325 GMT (2125 HKT)
Now in his 50s, one of the world's most successful jockeys explains why he gave up acting to return to the sport that nearly crippled him.
Winning Post's Francesca Cumani is impressed by the all-round multitasking skills of Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien.
June 7, 2014 -- Updated 0853 GMT (1653 HKT)
 An infrared camera was used to create this image.) A horse and exercise rider head to the main track for morning training at Belmont Park on June 4, 2014 in Elmont, New York.
More people have walked on the moon than have won the fabled Triple Crown of U.S. horse racing. California Chrome is seeking to square that score.
June 5, 2014 -- Updated 1137 GMT (1937 HKT)
A long history of controversy made him the "enfant terrible" of horse racing, but veteran jockey Kieren Fallon is looking for redemption.
May 27, 2014 -- Updated 1131 GMT (1931 HKT)
Joel Rosario on Animal Kingdom competes to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race, at Meydan race track in Dubai on March 30, 2013. The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner (11/2), trained by American Graham Motion and ridden by Rosario, beat home English raider Red Cadeaux by two lengths while another English-trained runner Planteur was third.
With owners ranging from presidents to sheikhs and queens, horse racing is known as the "Sport of Kings" for good reason.
May 12, 2014 -- Updated 1320 GMT (2120 HKT)
Buy for the right price and you could make millions. Get it wrong and it could be one of the most expensive mistakes you ever make.
May 5, 2014 -- Updated 1207 GMT (2007 HKT)
Mine That Bird, the 2009 winner of the Kentucky Derby, is having his incredible story told on the silver screen.
April 4, 2014 -- Updated 1035 GMT (1835 HKT)
Amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen is perhaps best known for helping to resurrect Prince William's relationship with Kate Middleton.
March 28, 2014 -- Updated 1215 GMT (2015 HKT)
Meydan Entrance
The $10 million Dubai World Cup takes place at the Meydan Racecourse, which is a suitable setting for the world's richest horse racing day.
ADVERTISEMENT