Veteran Italian jockey Frankie Dettori will be the oldest jockey when he rides the Country Grammer, which starts from Gate 5 of Meydan Racecourse, in an effort to compete for the Dubai World Cup Feature Race title in his twenty-sixth edition. the biggest and most lavish race in the world, on Saturday night, which has a total prize pool of $30.5 million, including $12 million for the main jackpot.
And circumstances decided that Dettori would participate in the Dubai World Cup in the current version by chance, after jockey Martin Dwyer was injured in the UK last week, which led William Muir, supervisor of Country Grammer, to utilize the efforts of veteran Dettori. who immediately agreed.
Frankie Dettori was born in Milan, Italy, in December 1970, into a family experienced in horse racing, his father, Gianfranco Dettori, was one of the most famous racing jockeys in Italy, and he loved this profession to his heart. son since he was 12 years old. When he bought his birthday present it was a “horse”.
Dettori is currently 51 years old, however, at this age he seeks to achieve his fourth title in the Dubai World Cup, a feat he had already achieved in three previous editions, seeking to equal the record registered in the name of retired American jockey Jerry. Bailey, who had won the Dubai World Cup 4 times.
Described as one of the best and most famous professional jockeys in the world, Dettori has won the Dubai World Cup in three previous editions, all on Godolphin horses and world trainer Saeed bin Suroor.
The first time was with the historic achievement he achieved with the legend “Dubai Millennium” in the fifth edition of the Cup in 2000 when he recorded the fastest time in the history of the Dubai World Cup, and no jockey or horse has I have. crush him so far, which is 1:59:50 minutes, and no one has managed another horse to crush in the course of 21 years.
As for the next two times, he won them with the all-Irish pony Moon Ballad in 2003, and with the horse “Electricianist” in 2006, and since then he has not won his fourth title, knowing that he has ridden more than 500 winning horses and he has achieved more than 900 wins around the world, including more than 100 Class One race wins.
Dettori cooperates with 5-year-old Country Grammer, trained by Bob Baffert, who last rode in the Saudi Cup race and finished second.