‘Outsider’ who became favourite honoured

Jockey Frankie Dettori admitted feeling slightly out of place as he was made an honorary doctor of science at a ceremony in Cambridge.

He left his native Italy as a teenager with little formal education to become a stable lad in Newmarket, but his numerous achievements on the racecourse have led to him becoming a household name.

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As well as riding all seven winners at Ascot in 1996, he has collected virtually every major prize in the world and landed his 500th Group race earlier this month.