Frankie Dettori and Godolphin Split

Leading jockey Frankie Dettori and the Godolphin stable have decided to part ways at the conclusion of  the 2012 season, ending a highly successful eighteen year partnership.

Dettori and Godolphin have combined to win over 100 Group 1 races in twelve different countries and will go down as one of the most successful stable/jockey partnerships in racing history.

Their relationship took a turn for the worst this year with Dettori getting frustrated at losing a number of top rides to Mickael Barzalona.

This led to Dettori taking the ride on Camelot, owned by rival stable Coolmore, in the 2012 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Simon Crisford, Godolphin racing manager, paid tribute to Dettori when announcing the mutual split yesterday.

“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,” Crisford said.

“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 said that he was looking forward to the new challenge of being a freelance rider and is considered by many experts a chance to, next year; claim his first British Champion Jockey title since 2004.

“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,” Dettori said.

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.”

Dettori is currently priced at 10/1 in the 2013 British Flat Jockey Championship betting market at Bet365 Bet365.

You can find the best odds for all of Frankie Dettori’s rides at Bet365 Bet365.

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