Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore share a kiss after O’Brien’s historic feat
PICTURE: Racing UK
By Alex Wiltshire 5:00PM 3 OCT 2016
FRANKIE DETTORI is no stranger to racing’s history books. Whether it’s riding all seven winners on a single card at Ascot or becoming just the sixth jockey in history to reach 3,000 winners on the Flat, Dettori’s name is synonymous with racing’s highest achievements.
Indeed, while Aidan O’Brien will be the first to be associated as the trainer who landed an Arc one-two-three, Dettori is delighted to have played a significant role in delivering the historic feat for Ballydoyle’s record-breaking trainer.
“I’m definitely part of history, I don’t think it will be done again,” Dettori told At The Races.
“Having three runners in the Arc is hard enough, but to have the one-two-three is beyond belief.”
Dettori was due to ride Fascinating Rock before trainer Dermot Weld considered the Chantilly showpiece to arrive just too soon for the five-year-old after returning poor blood results.
Instead, Dettori got the call from O’Brien and the Italian delivered Gold Cup winner Order Of St George, who many believed not to have the required speed to be competitive in an Arc, into third place behind heroine Found and three-time Group 1 winner Highland Reel.
“My horse ran well, I would have preferred a bit more rain but he stuck his head out for me and galloped out to the line,” he added.
You can’t keep Dettori’s name out of the headlines, but Ryan Moore might well be wishing that he’s not sharing the front pages with Dettori again after their post-race smooch!