WATCH: Frankie Dettori’s previous King George winners
Frankie Dettori has a great affinity with Ascot, he was once quoted as saying ““I regard Ascot as my own home. What a place to be lucky!”
Ascot is where he achieved the near impossible feat of winning all seven races on the card back in September 1996; while his massive tally of 51 Royal Ascot victories is the more than any other active jockey.
The Italian has registered four King George victories and has a great of landing a fifth this year as he partners favourite and dual Oaks winner Enable.
1995 – Lammtarra
Lammtarra was an extremely talented horse, he had already won the 1995 Derby and came into the King George against older rivals full of confidence.
Frankie partnered the Derby winner for the first time in the King George and the duo didn’t disappoint. In a closely fought contest between four runners in the final furlong, Frankie and Lammtarra showed true grit to hold off their rivals and win by a neck.
1998 – Swain
Dettori guided old warrior Swain to win back-to-back King George triumphs. In winning the 1998 renewal Swain became just the second horse to achieve that feat (Dahlia 1973-1974) and he’s the only six-year-old to win the race thus far.
Dettori reacted to the win by saying “He (Swain) is a great horse. What a heart!” Frankie then he celebrated in his usual fashion of a flying dismount and gave Godolphin owner Sheikh Mohammed a big bear hug.
1999 – Daylami
A year later Dettori rode Daylami to an impressive five length victory; Frankie proving the catalyst for the reversal in the five-year-old’s fortunes as a year earlier he’d only managed a fourth place finish.
Dettori gave a tactical masterclass on the grey by conserving his energy in the middle of the pack, before producing him to burst away from the field in the home straight. It proved to be much his easiest King George winner.
2004 – Doyen
Déjà vu! A very similar story to Dettori’s previous victory in the King George aboard Daylami.
Dettori produced the son of Saddlers Wells with two furlongs to go and the four-year-old responded like a champion, bursting clear of the field to register an easy three length victory!
Frankie will be hoping to add another victory in the King George this year with Enable, the three-year-old filly looked very impressive in the Irish Oaks less than two weeks ago and she is currently 5/4 favourite to take the spoils on Saturday.
Find out all the leading contenders for the 2017 King George here.