Dettori splits with Goldolphin

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Frankie Dettori has split with Godolphin after an 18-year association which has seen them notch victories in most of the world’s major races.

Speculation had been mounting about the parting ever since Dettori accepted the ride on the Coolmore-owned Camelot in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

And that rumours were finally confrimed as true when Godolphin today released a statement saying they felt the retainer with the Italian “was not really working”.

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said: “We have had a tremendous association with Frankie over many years. He has achieved so much on behalf of Godolphin and has made the difference between winning and losing on so many occasions in the world’s biggest races.

“However, Frankie is looking for a fresh challenge and we felt that the retainer was not really working so this is the best way forward. We have had many great days together and we look forward to working with Frankie in the future and hopefully enjoying more success together.

“He remains a great friend – the difference next year will be that he will not be our retained jockey and will operate as a freelance instead.”

Dettori, who confirmed the split had been mutually agreed, said: “I have had 18 wonderful years. Godolphin has been a major part of everything I have achieved in racing and I have loved every minute of it. I feel the time has come for a change. My position in the stable has changed a little bit and I need a new challenge.

“Sheikh Mohammed has been an unbelievable boss to me. He had the confidence to take me on board when I was young and we smashed every record together. I will be forever grateful to him for everything he has done for me and for my family.”

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