Dettori’s Melbourne Cup Farewell

The Melbourne Cup carnival has received an almighty boost with confirmation from the world’s leading jockey Frankie Dettiori that he intends to ride over three days of the Flemington spring carnival.

On the 30th anniversary of his first Melbourne Cup ride, Dettori, who is on a world-wide tour in his final year of riding, confirmed he will again attempt to win the Melbourne Cup while he will also be at Flemington for Oaks Day and for Champions Day.

“I have achieved all there is to achieve in horse racing and have had a fantastic career, but the Lexus Melbourne Cup has always been one race that I would love to win,” Dettori said.

“I am looking forward to returning to Melbourne to ride at the carnival for one final time and hopefully I can finish my career with a Melbourne Cup win.”

Dettori, 52, has ridden more than 250 G1 winners across a glittering career, but he’s never been able to secure a Melbourne Cup in 19 attempts.

Victoria Racing Club (VRC) chief executive Steve Rosich said the club was ecstatic to be welcoming Dettori to Flemington for the 2023 Melbourne Cup Carnival.

“Frankie Dettori is one of the best jockeys and personalities the sport has ever seen and the VRC look forward to giving him a fitting farewell at Flemington at the Melbourne Cup Carnival,” he said.

“The Lexus Melbourne Cup is a race that jockeys across Australia and the world want to win, and this year will be no different.

“’Preparations for this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival are well underway and racegoers can look forward to another week of world-class racing, hospitality and entertainment.”

Dettori had his first ride in the Melbourne Cup in 1993 aboard Drum Taps, the same year that international raider Vintage Crop made history becoming the first international horse to win the Cup.

He has since had 17 attempts to try and win the feature and has come agonizingly close on three occasions – Central Park (2nd in 1999), Max Dynamite (2nd in 2015) and Master of Reality (2nd in 2019 but relegated to 4th).

The 2023 Melbourne Cup Carnival will carry more than $30 million in prizemoney across four days of racing beginning on November 4.


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