Frankie Dettori reflects on ‘incredible’ ninth Gold Cup and gives update on retirement plans

Frankie Dettori confirmed he is sticking to his retirement despite a stunning Gold Cup victory on Thursday.

The 52-year-old claimed a fairytale ninth Gold Cup in a brilliant battle at Royal Ascot.

King Charles III presented Dettori with his ninth Gold Cup


King Charles III presented Dettori with his ninth Gold CupCredit: Getty

Dettori is set to retire for good at the end of the season, but there have been calls for him to stick around a bit longer.

The talkSPORT Breakfast gang were at Ascot to see his brilliant win on Courage Mon Ami and Ally McCoist and Alan Brazil questioned if he was giving up too soon.

McCoist said: “He was magic.”

Brazil added: “How can he retire?”

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McCoist continued: “His finishing skills were unbelievable, he was at his vintage best. Has he given up too early?”

Dettori joined Friday’s Breakfast and they put that question straight to him.

He said: “Every day I get asked that. At the moment, I’m retired. October 21, then I do a bit abroad, but I’m sticking to it.”

Reflecting on his ninth Gold Cup victory, 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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Dettori performed his famous flying dismount after his victory


Dettori performed his famous flying dismount after his victoryCredit: Getty

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

On the race itself, he added: “I was trying to keep an eye on Coltrane. I shuffled back at the beginning and then around the turn I wanted to move out to get behind.

“I had to cut the corner, but I got the gaps. Sometimes you have to be lucky. I was pretty cool and waited for the right moment.

“I was able to get the wheels of Coltrane and pass at the right moment.”