What were the winning horses in Frankie Dettori’s ‘Magnificent Seven’?
Lanfranco ‘Frankie’ Dettori, the most celebrated Flat jockey since Lester Piggott, has seen some ups and downs in his lengthy career. However, whatever the future holds, the likeable Italian, who turns 50 in December, 2020, will always be remembered for his exploits at Ascot on Saturday, September 28, 1996. That was the day on which Dettori carried all before him, including arguably the greatest jockey of all time, Sir Gordon Richards – who rode all six winners on a six-race card at Chepstow in 1933 – by going through the card, with seven winners from seven rides. For the record, his winning rides were Wall Street (2/1), Diffident (12/1), Mark Of Esteem (100/30), Decorated Hero (7/1), Fatefully (7/4), Lochangel (5/4) and Fujiyama Crest (2/1). Even at starting price (SP), the cumulative odds on the so-called ‘Magnificent Seven’ were in excess of 25,000/1 and even that was only a tiny fraction of the odds available to ‘mug’ punters who backed all seven horses at early prices.