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21st September 2023 Newmarket

The Jockey Club and Newmarket Racecourse are delighted to announce the next in a series of street art murals to mark the retirement of legendary jockey Frankie Dettori, which has been completed in advance of the first fixture of the Autumn Season, Cesarewitch Trial Day this Saturday.

The 52-year-old announced at the end of last year that 2023 would be his last season in the saddle, bringing to a close a remarkable career which has spanned almost 40 years. Dettori has enjoyed some of his most memorable moments at Newmarket over the years, including this year’s QIPCO 2000 Guineas on Chaldean. As his local racecourse since early in his career, he has 19 Group 1 wins at Newmarket alone, and nearly 500 winners.

The first mural, created by leading street artists MurWalls, was unveiled at Epsom Downs as a surprise to Dettori in April, with a second created at Sandown Park’s Summer Festival in early July.

The third and final instalment will feature two murals at the Rowley Mile as Dettori’s final season in the UK comes to a close. The first of these, inspired by Dettori’s 2011 QIPCO 1000 Guineas win on Blue Bunting, overlooks the finishing line. The second will be created live across the two days of Dubai Future Champions Festival, Friday 13th and Saturday 14th October.

Sophie Able, Newmarket Racecourses and International Director, said: “Frankie’s contribution to Newmarket and British racing more widely cannot be underestimated over what has been a long and stellar riding career.

"We are delighted to be able to mark this momentous occasion for Flat racing and add a permanent tribute to Frankie and all that he has achieved at his home racecourse.”


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