Dettori retained his title the following year and scooped it again in 2004. Nowadays, he rides far less than he once did, but he is invariably in the thick of the action at the top meetings and they rarely pass without him making an impact.
The equine champions he has been associated with are endless, from brilliant miler Markofdistinction in 1990, through to the likes of Enable and Stradivarius in recent years. Among others to have benefited from his brilliance, and vice-versa, have been Lochsong, Lammtarra, Halling, Swain, Singspiel, Daylami, Dubai Millennium, Fantastic Light, Sakhee, Ouija Board, Authorized, Snow Fairy, Golden Horn, Cracksman, Enable, Too Darn Hot, Palace Pier and the record-breaking Enable.
Dettori’s father, the prolific Sardinian jockey Gianfranco Dettori, was himself a champion in Italy in the 1970s, winning the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in 1975 and 1976. Dettori Jr was naturally immersed in racing and, at just 13, left school to become a stable boy and apprentice jockey. The following year he travelled to England, where Newmarket-based Luca Cumani took him under his wing. Dettori has remained in the area ever since and is married to Catherine, with the couple having five children.