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When Frankie Dettori stormed to victory on Golden Horn in the 2015 Derby, the effervescent Italian jockey was writing yet another extraordinary chapter in a remarkable sporting story. This tribute to the hugely popular sportsman draws on the unique resources of the Racing Post to chronicle the Dettori career as never before. The son of a Milanese Classic-winning jockey has been Champion jockey on three occasions and has ridden such equine superstars as Dubai Millennium, Lochsong, Lammtarra, Daylami, and his first Derby winner, Authorized. He made worldwide headlines when winning every contest on a seven-race card in September 1996, which made him a household name. The Dettori story has also had its darker side: surviving a plane crash in 2000 in which the pilot was killed; a six-month suspension in December 2012 for contravening racing’s drugs rules; losing the lucrative job as first jockey to Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation. But Frankie has always bounced back, and his next flying dismount is never far away.


Brough Scott, a former jumps jockey, has covered racing for many years. He has written several books, including the award-winning Henry Cecil: Trainer of Genius.


"A classic book about a classic legend." —The Independent on Henry Cecil 
"Scott's tour of Cecil's inner self is as fascinating as it is illuminating." —The Daily Telegraph on Henry Cecil"Brough Scott, the author, has done an excellent job in capturing this remarkable, but flawed, man." —Country Life magazine on Henry Cecil

"This is by far the best book on racing I have ever read. It combines a truly extraordinary story one that no novelist would have dared to submit with brilliant writing by an author who is almost as knowledgeable about horses and the turf as his subject. It is a just tribute to a man who deserves to be admired beyond even his achievements." —The Spectator on Henry Cecil 
 "It's a great story, well told." —Daily Racing Forum on Henry Cecil