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4/1 a massive price on picky Dettori riding over 100 winners

| 29.10.2012

Agent Ray Cochrane is already talking up Frankie Dettori’s chances of being crowned champion jockey in 2013 now that he has separated ties from Godolphin, but in all honesty he will do well to surpass 100 winners.

Dettori has only ridden 50 UK winners so far in the current Flat season, while he has lost out on some of his more high-profile Godolphin rides to Mickael Barzalona.

Although the real reason is unknown as to why Dettori’s 18-year partnership with Godolphin has ended, this fact would not have helped.

Neither would Dettori taking the ride on Camelot in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for Aidan O’Brien.

Going solo does present Dettori with the opportunity to pick up more spare rides and ultimately ride more winners, but whether he has the desire now to turn up on the all-weather of Southwell or a rainy Pontefract on a Monday remains to be seen.

Punters believing that Dettori is as dedicated as ever to the daily grinds of being in the saddle can get 14/1 on him being champion jockey.

However, the honest truth seems that those days are behind Dettori and he now lives for the big rides in the showcase races at the most high-profile meetings.

There is every reason to believe that he will be ultimately choosey in his rides and could well turn into a regular jockey for O’Brien, if his son Joseph struggles to make weight next season.

This will suit Dettori, who can fill the remainder of his time doing other things, such as making TV appearances.

The 4/1 on offer that Dettori rides less than 100 winners next season is almost free money, with only five jockeys going beyond this milestone this season and only another two still likely to achieve the feat over the remaining few weeks.

Dettori has ridden more than 100 winners in just two of the last six seasons.

The other intriguing market is the 3/1 that Dettori wins a UK Classic in 2013.

He will almost certainly get a ride in them all now freelance and should he form a partnership with O’Brien this will be a big price, given the Irish trainer won four of them this year.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.