Jockey Frankie Dettori Won’t Be Retained by Godolphin Stable

Jockey Frankie Dettori won’t be retained next year by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin training set-up.

He will continue to ride for the stable on a freelance basis, Godolphin said on its website.

The Italian has been with Godolphin for 18 years and ridden nine English classic winners. He also partnered Dubai Millennium to victory in the 2000 Dubai World Cup.

“We have had a tremendous association with Frankie over many years,” Godolphin’s racing manager Simon Crisford said on the website. “However, Frankie is looking for a fresh challenge and we felt that the retainer was not really working, so this is the best way forward. We have had many great days together and we look forward to working with Frankie in the future and hopefully enjoying more success together.”

Dettori said Godolphin had been a “major part” of his achievements in racing.

“I have loved every minute of it,” he said. “I feel the time has come for a change. My position in the stable has changed a little bit and I need a new challenge.”

Mickael Barzalona and Silvestre de Sousa will be Godolphin’s retained riders next year.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at

Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.

Bloomberg reserves the right to remove comments but is under no obligation to do so, or to explain individual moderation decisions.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.