Dettori turns down Jockey Club post

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 October, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 October, 1994, 12:00am

BRILLIANT British champion jockey elect, Frankie Dettori, will not be taking up his position as a three-month club jockey.

Dettori, running away with the British championship with well over 200 winners, was due to arrive for the start of December.

It is thought that Dettori's last-minute change of heart is due to his commitments as stable jockey to Sheik Mohammed's principal trainer, Newmarket-based John Gosden. His hand may even have been forced.

His spell has been handed to Club Jockey, English ace Darryll Holland, who will now be here until the end of February meaning that he gets his wish and can partner Sure Win King in the Derby.

Jockey Club director of racing, Philip Johnston, said: 'This is very disappointing. It is a great shame not to have Frankie riding here as he's the main man over there at the moment.

'But one person's loss is another's opportunity and we had no hesitation in extending Darryll's licence.

'He has been riding extremely well and I'm sure he will go back home a better rider for his experience out here.' Johnston was at pains to point out that Dettori's change of heart would not affect him being licensed in the future.

Visiting rider Peter Hutchinson is in a fitness battle for today's meeting following his Wednesday night spill from Jacko.