Frankie Dettori Almost Destroyed Bookmakers Again at Royal Ascot with the Unprecedented Four-Timer
The Italian jockey almost brought UK bookmakers to ruins again, after winning a four-timer on Stradivarius, 23 years after he cost them tens of millions of pounds with his legendary Magnificent Seven.
Dettori’s winning streak, fortunately for the bookies, came to an end after finishing second in the fifth race.
The Unexpected Winning Streak
The biggest race of the week, the Gold Cup, saw three former horses Dettori rode in the past win at even money. Star Catcher (4-1), Sangrius (13-2) and A’Ali (5-1) all completed the four-timer. Dettori, however, rode Stradivarius this time, and the stallion brought him a win on the first four races on Ladies’ Day. Stradivarius’ trainer John Gosden said that Dettori was a phenomenon, comparing him to a player who gets to the final of Wimbledon and raises it to a whole new level. For his age, 48 years old, Gosden said, he was remarkable, so relaxed on the horse, yet, treating it beautifully and making a difference.
Dettori managed to win the first four races. In the closing stages of the Gold Cup, though, he ran out of racing room, and waiting for the gap to appear, he lost his chance. As his winning streak ended in the fifth race, he could hear the crowd’s roar, for which he said it was incredible. He said that he normally never hears the crowd because he is focused on the race, but this time, he realized that they all still love him.
In fact, there is a statue of him near Ascot’s Royal enclosure entrance which marks his 1996 race when he won the Magnificent Seven and caused a tremendous loss to bookmakers.
Issuing a statement on this year’s race, Dettori said that twenty years ago he would have won it. Praising the horse that was 16-1 in the morning and at the start was a favourite, he said that it wasn’t meant to be. Finishing his statement, he joked that it was a good day, so he wasn’t going to cry.
Even though Dettori didn’t manage to win either of the fifth and sixth race on the card, bookies still report that it had been one of their worst days at the Royal races.
Ladbrokes’ Nicola McGeady admitted that they were hugely relieved to have managed to avoid the worst-case scenario of the Magnificent Seven, but commented that they were by no means celebrating. Still, a four-timer for the world’s most popular, legendary jockey, at the biggest Royal meeting of the Flat season was a remarkably shocking result that could be only described as a real bloodbath.