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Arise, Sir Frankie Dettori By Marcus Stead

Arise, Sir Frankie Dettori by Marcus Stead

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Frankie Dettori is the face of British horseracing, celebrated for his unique charisma, success and exuberance he has revolutionized the sport's image and profile around the world. He has become one of Britain's best-loved and richest sporting characters. This title tells his story.

Arise, Sir Frankie Dettori Summary

Arise, Sir Frankie Dettori: The Biography of Britain's Best-loved Champion Jockey by Marcus Stead

In a sport renowned for its drama, glamour and wealth, one man above all has come to epitomize the spirit of modern horseracing. Frankie Dettori is the face of British horseracing today, celebrated for his unique charisma, success and exuberance he has revolutionized the sport's image and profile around the world. Born in Italy, the son of a multiple champion jockey, his formative years were tough, as he was forced to cope with his parents' separation, his stepmother's authoritarian regime and his father's uncompromising, steely dedication to riding which often left him feeling deprived of a father figure. Yet, despite these hurdles, he wasted little time in developing a desire to emulate and ultimately surpass his father's achievements, and by the age of 14, he had arrived in Britain where he became apprentice to trainer Luca Cumani at Newmarket. And so began a truly illustrious riding career. It wasn't long before he proved he'd inherited his father's talent; in 1990, he became the first teenager since Lester Piggott to ride 100 winners in a season, and two years later, he won the Ascot Gold Cup for the first time, aged just 21. What is undoubtedly his most celebrated achievement to date came on September 28, 1996, when he won all seven races on a single day at Ascot. His incredible performance won the hearts not only of race goers but of a nation at large. But in June 2000, this larger-than-life character was nearly killed. Taking off from a racecourse to fly to his next meet, his plane crashed, claiming the life of the pilot. Miraculously, he and a fellow passenger escaped with minor injuries but the traumatic experience caused him to change his outlook on life and develop a fresh perspective on riding. Frankie Dettori is first and foremost a jockey, but he is much, much more besides; family man, media personality, entrepreneur, restaurateur and Arsenal fan, he has become one of Britain's best-loved and richest sporting characters, capturing a huge fan base and setting the record books on fire in the process. Here, his remarkable and often controversial story is told.

About Marcus Stead

Marcus Stead is a freelance news and sportswriter with a passion for horseracing and the colourful personalities surrounding the sport. He contributes to a range of printed and web-based sporting publications. This is his first book.

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GOR011327242
9781844544141
1844544141
Arise, Sir Frankie Dettori: The Biography of Britain's Best-loved Champion Jockey by Marcus Stead
Used - Like New
Hardback
John Blake Publishing Ltd
2007-06-22
288
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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