Even now, Dettori fields more questions about his ‘magnificent seven’ – the day he rode all seven winners at Ascot at odds of 25,095-1 – than any of his celebrated triumphs around the world.
But what makes this feat even more special is that he accomplished this life-defining feat at the then Festival of Racing, one of the Flat’s biggest meetings of the year, rather than a humdrum midweek fixture.
And the fact that TV and radio schedules were ripped up to accommodate Dettori’s history-making ride on Fujiyama Crest catapulted him into the wider national consciousness as youngsters sought to replicate his celebratory flying dismounts.
A reminder that every sport needs its showmen and women, racing’s debt to Dettori remains as incalculable as the losses that the bookmakers still suffer at his expense.
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