Derby success was Frankie’s finest yet

Frankie Dettori pictured at Haydock Park on Wednesday
Frankie Dettori pictured at Haydock Park on Wednesday
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Frankie Dettori has hailed his Derby success on Golden Horn as the greatest moment of his career.

Dettori was riding at Haydock Park this week just days after his stunning victory on John Gosden’s champion colt at Epsom.

“I told my dad that in my 28 years in this job, winning on Golden Horn was the most thrilling moment of my racing life – I have to pinch myself to make sure it’s still not a dream,” said Dettori.

“In fact, it was up there with my magnificent seven when I rode all seven winners at Ascot in 1996.

“Winning the Derby on Golden Horn was as good as it gets.”

Dettori, who will be in action at Royal Ascot next week, can look forward to renewing acquaintance with the Derby winner in the Group One Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown next month.

“It was my second Derby win after I won on Authorized in 2007, but it means more now I’m older. You appreciate it more.”

Dettori added: “I met the Queen after the Derby and she was shocked when I told her that I was riding at Lingfield on Saturday night.

“I’ve had a colourful life and I’d like to think I’ll still be riding when I’m 50.”

Haydock Park general manager Jason Fildes said: “It was fantastic to see Frankie at Haydock Park and he got a great reception from a bumper crowd.”