Frankie Dettori misses fairytale ending as 20-1 outsider Burdett Road wins Golden Gates Stakes

Frankie Dettori ‘enjoyed every minute’ of his final race as a jokey, but failed to win his farewell.

The legendary Italian finished towards the back on Knockbrex as 20-1 Burdett Road took the win, ridden by Neil Callan.

Dettori couldn't take victory in his final race


Dettori couldn’t take victory in his final raceCredit: Getty
Burdett Road instead took victory


Burdett Road instead took victoryCredit: Getty

Asked about how it felt riding his last race, Dettori said: “[It] has not sunk in yet, unfortunately we didn’t win. I enjoyed every minute.”

Discussing his relationship with Royal Ascot, he added: “Of course [it’s given me extra] the records speak for themselves, it’s been a lucky place for me.

“I’ve ridden some phenomenal horses for some great owners and incredible trainers and I’m very lucky that I’ve had the support.

“Maybe it was a good thing that I didn’t win because I wouldn’t have been able to handle the razzmatazz that there would have been if I’d won the last.

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“I’ve had a great week with my family and been able to enjoy this beautiful weather and beautiful track.”

A legend of Ascot, Dettori won his ninth Gold Cup on Thursday and was presented with the trophy by King Charles III.

Speaking to talkSPORT after the event, he said: “Yesterday, you couldn’t write it. To win the Gold Cup again.

“The last eight I got were presented by Queen Elizabeth and yesterday’s by King Charles. Incredible.

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“I was speechless, I still am now. It was an incredible day.”