Industry Profiles: Frankie Dettori and Dancing Brave

Frankie Dettori and Dancing Brave Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Frankie Dettori has been thrilling racing fans for 35 years and is a sporting superstar recognised by a global audience, known as much for his vibrancy out of the saddle as he is for his excellence in it. He has ridden almost 3,300 British winners (a number exceeded only by Lester Piggott and Willie Carson) and has also enjoyed vast success all around the world, winning major races in no fewer than 24 countries. His six victories in France’s most coveted race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, remains a record.

A day racing fans will never forget was when a young Dettori rode all seven winners on a card at Ascot on September 28th 1996. With cumulative odds of 25,051/1, the ‘Magnificent Seven’ earned one punter £500,000 and made the Italian a household name. Dettori said of the infamous day: “Winning every race on a card was something that I didn’t think was possible, not in my lifetime anyway. It’s the biggest achievement of my career, without question.” That racecard currently makes up part of the Hall of Fame display at the National Horseracing Museum.

No fewer than 270 of his victories have been in Group One/Grade One races, the highest level, and his 21 Classic victories in Britain have included two triumphs in The Derby aboard Authorized (2008) and Golden Horn (2015). He has enjoyed 76 winners at Royal Ascot, a tally only bettered by Piggott, and he has been top jockey at the prestigious meeting on eight occasions, including in 2019 and 2020…

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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