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Frankie Dettori’s twilight twirl needs to be savoured as it may never be matched | Greg Wood

At 48 the Italian looks likely to surpass anything he has done before and in doing so is rewriting sporting history

In the late 1990s, when Frankie Dettori was already well-established as the biggest name in racing, he happened to be sitting at the next table to mine at the Lesters, an annual awards when, for one night only, Britain’s jockeys let their hair down and party. Dinner was served, a waiter appeared to offer him a selection of vegetables and for several seconds Dettori cast a melancholic gaze at a tray of buttered new potatoes with a look that said much about the denial in a jockey’s life. Fame, fortune and Classic winners are fine but for a moment he looked ready to give it all up for a plate of spuds.

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