Frankie Dettori interrupted ITV’s racing coverage with his raucous celebrations
after winning the 1000 Guineas aboard 10-1 outsider Mother Earth.
Presenter Ed Chamberlin had to cut short his final address to viewers and explain
the shouting they could hear in the background was the 50-year-old legend.
The iconic jockey, who shows no signs of slowing down in his 50th year, saw off
pre-race favorites Santa Barbara and Alcohol-Free.
Both had come in for a tidal wave of market support before the off but failed to
crack the top three.
Saffron Beach came second at odds of 9-1 while 22-1 outsider Fev Rover hung on
for a brilliant third. But the moment belonged, as it so often does, to Dettori.
The win was particularly poignant coming just 24 hours after his disappointment
on Battleground in the 2000 Guineas.
Dettori, who could not stop whooping in his immediate post-race interview, said:
“We can still do it. It’s my 20th Classic so I am delighted to win it in my hometown of
“Aidan gave me a lot of confidence. I kicked at the top of the hill because I knew she’d get
home and she did “I was able to enjoy it.
“She’s very brave. She’s not very big but she’s got a big engine.”
Asked by SunSport’s Matt Chapman about still going at 50, Dettori said: “I love it.
“I was a bit deflated yesterday with Battleground but when you ride in the Classics
for Coolmore on the second or third string you have a live chance and in the back of mind
I thought anything is possible.
“Woohoo! Come on the oldies!”
ITV pundit Jason Weaver commenting on Dettori’s celebrations said: “He is loving it at his home track!
And in front of the cameras, Dettori roared: “Come on!”
A delighted O’Brien paid tribute to his jockey, saying: “It’s great to have Frankie, what can
you say – he’s an unbelievable rider.”
Dettori won the day after 54-year-old Kevin Manning rode 16-1 Poetic Flare to victory in
the 2000 Guineas.
A good weekend’s work for the old-timers with a combined age of 104.