• Frankie’s Magificent Seven in 1996 had cumulative odds of 25,051-1

  • Dettori is married with five children

  • Frankie was born in Milan, Italy

Frankie Dettori is a true champion and a legend within the sport of horse racing.

The Milan-born superstar has ridden many great horses down the years and has won big races in no fewer than 24 countries. He is often the subject of numerous horse racing tips.

Dettori made history at Ascot on 28th September 1996 when he rode every winner on their seven race card for what has become known as Frankie’s ‘Magnificent Seven’. It was a feat that will probably never be equalled again.

Frankie has won every British Classic at least twice, but it took him 15 attempts to win the Derby before Authorized finally obliged in 2007. Golden Horn gave him a second Derby triumph in 2015.

Dettori clocked up his 3,000th career victory at Newmarket in 2017 later and he’s still not finished yet.

Frankie Dettori Net Worth

According to The Richest website, Dettori has an overall net worth of £14m and still collects around £2million per season.

His victory aboard Enable, for the John Gosden stable in the 2019 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, is said to have landed him €5m (£4.4m) in prize money.


The Racing Post reported not so long ago that his total earnings have risen by £9.1m since January 2015.

Frankie Dettori Wife

Frankie is married to Catherine and they have five children: Leo, Ella, Mia, Tallula and Rocco. Dettori surrendered his unofficial title as racing's most eligible bachelor when he married Catherine Allen in 1997.

Dettori began his married life £50 poorer after a bet with his friend Barney Curley went astray as to the weather for the afternoon.

How Tall Is Frankie Dettori?

Frankie Dettori was born on Dec 15, 1970 in Milan, Italy and eventually grew to a height of 5ft 4ins.

Frankie Dettori Weight

Dettori once said on record: "I am 5 ft 4 inches (1.63 m) and weigh 9st 9 lb (61 kg) (135 lbs) but I have to sometimes go down to 8st 6 lb (54 kg) (118 lbs)."

Frankie Dettori Magnificent 7

Saturday 28th September 1996 will always be remembered as one of the truly great days in racing history when Frankie Dettori went through the entire card at Ascot, bringing home seven winners in total.

Dettori started the day by winning on Wall Street (2-1) in the Cumberland Lodge Stakes, which was followed up by Diffident, a 12-1 shot in the online betting, in the Diadem Stakes.

Next up was the feature race, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, in which Mark Of Esteem (100-30) and Dettori got the verdict over Bosra Sham.

As Decorated Hero (7-1) passed the post in first place in the Tote Festival Handicap, the tally was four and people were beginning to get a touch more excited, and when Fatefully (7-4) made it a five from five in the Rosemary Stakes the crowd were really buzzing.

Dettori now stood on the brink of equalling the record held Gordon Richards and Alec Russell in winning six races on the same card and when Lochangel (5-4) duly obliged in the Blue Seal Stakes he joined those afore mentioned names – but only for 35 minutes!

Fujiyama Crest was the horse that had the responsibility of making Dettori a history maker, and because of the bookmaker liabilities that were rolling up around the country, the 12/1 morning line price was slashed and Fujiyama Crest was made the 2/1 favourite.

Dettori led all the way on the four-year-old, to just hold on by a neck and bring up what is now fondly remembered as “The Magnificent Seven”.

The cumulative odds of these wins was 25,051-1. If only ITV Racing tips had been around then.

Naturally there were many elated Dettori punters around the country that day and none more so than Darren Yates. For an initial outlay of £67.58 he raked in the wonderful sum of £550,823 from his accumulator.

Frankie Dettori Flying Dismount

Frankie Dettori's flamboyant flying dismount has been his signature celebration down the years, but the Italian jockey believes he's become a "slave" to the jump after riding a winner.

The jump, which he admits he copied from a rider in the US, has made Dettori a crowd favourite all over the world.

Dettori once told CNN's Winning Post: "I brought it to Europe and it didn't go down very well with the officials in the early years, but now people get behind it and enjoy it.

"And to be honest with you, if I don't do it the public boos so I'm a slave of my own trademark flying dismount."

When Will Frankie Dettori Retire?

Frankie turned 50 years old last December but he has no plans to retire just yet. The Italian speaks of being in the twilight period of his career, but whilst he is still in demand he will carry on riding he says.

Speaking to the BBC last summer, Dettori said: "I still feel good, and I love it - 50 was the magical age when I started, now there are many people around the world who ride over 53, 54, 55," said the jockey.

"In my sport you are one fall away from quitting, from stopping really, so touch wood that fall is far away and I am going to carry on until my body can't keep up."

Still winning Group 1’s at 50, Frankie Dettori remains the world’s most famous jockey and the day he decides to hang up his boots will not only be a sad occasion for him, but for racing fans the world over.

Who will you be following in your horse racing online bets after Frankie retires?

*Credit for the main photo belongs to Ian Walton / AP Photo*


FIRST PUBLISHED: 8th August 2021

Steven is a sports and horse racing enthusiast and is a member of the Horseracing Writers and Photographers Association (HWPA) in the United Kingdom.

He is a regular visitor to Paris Longchamp for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and a lifelong fan of the Aintree Grand National, a subject he writes about 52 weeks of the year. Last year he reached the impressive milestone of attending the last 30 renewals of the Grand National.