British racing fans and, by extension, the bookies of the country were shocked to hear that Frankie Dettori, the legendary jockey, will be retiring from the saddle in 2023.
British betslips are set to lose an old friend after almost 40 years of racing on British racecourses. How important was the Italian master for betting and racing?
SBC: Frankie Dettori is a key figure in the world of horse racing. What has been the impact of his career on bookmakers?
Chad Yeomans is the Global Communications and PR Leader at Betway. Frankie Dettori, a unique character who promotes Horse Racing with his charm and exceptional skills, has been a great ambassador for this sport.
Frankie was a great punter, bookmaker and host at Ascot. I’m sure every punter knows of Frankie and to this day punters still look up to Frankie at major festivals. Although Frankie will be greatly missed, his personality and talent will not go unnoticed by the trading community.
This will be a highly-popular final year. He will no doubt enjoy cherry picking his rides, and want more Group 1 successes before he retires.
Barry Orr Head of Horse Racing PR at Betfair. Frankie was the only Horseracing personality that transcended the sport. The sport and its promoters will miss him greatly. But Hollie Doyle is the one who could step in and fill the void.
She is not only a great jockey, but also a very approachable person and an excellent public speaker. He is favourite to succeed her as Stable Jockey at the Newmarket Powerhouse Stable of John and Thady, and she is one of three top-ranked bets to become Champion jockey by 2023.
SBC: Have you noticed any promising jockeys in the last year that have caught your attention? These selections could fill Frankie Dettori’s shoes.
Paul Binfield Journalist, Paddy Power Frankie’s retirement leaves a large gap for any established or newer jockey. His mounts at major Festivals like Royal Ascot are a great deal of attention not only from racing enthusiasts but also casual racegoers. Especially if they have a few winners with multiple liabilities.
It’s hard to imagine that his Classic mounts, and any other rides he takes at the Royal extravaganza this year will have as much significance. Bettors are speculating that the trainers would love to make the charismatic Italian winner in every given event.
We expect to be the next generation of pilots, with Oisin Murphy returning as the regular.
Among the less well-known riders are Harry Davies, Benoit de La Sayette and Cieren Fallon. All three have received rave reviews from various sections and connections of the media.
Watch out for who takes over the reigns!