FRANKIE DETTORI ended a week of hell the way only he knows how -with a flying dismount.
You just can’t keep a good man down — let alone the world’s most famous jockey — and the Italian showed his old boss John Gosden what he’ll be missing as he rode Lezoo to an emotional win.
Dettori was all smiles after Lezoo delivered the goods at Newmarket for Ralph Beckett
It might have only been a Listed race, but it had a lot more riding on it less than 24 hours after downhearted Dettori and his once-trusted guv’nor Gosden agreed to go their separate ways.
The crisis talks were over and Dettori, 51, was keen to end any speculation he was about to call it a day.
Here he put himself in the shop window — if he ever needed to — and gave his adoring fans something to cheer. And boy, did they lap it up.
But forget the racing, the only chatter on track surrounded that man Dettori — the way it always has been.
Even before the first race a couple of punters had gathered by the winners’ enclosure to get their spot. They wanted to see Dettori.
He knew the spotlight was on him and had even brought two discreet security guards with him.
When he first appeared it was short and sweet.
“I know what you’re all going to ask me! But I’m not retiring,” he laughed.