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Frankie Dettori has Champion Jockey ambition after Godolphin split

Updated: Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 11:50 | Comments

Frankie Dettori has his sights on a fourth champion jockey bid
Frankie Dettori has his sights on a fourth champion jockey bid

Frankie Dettori could bid to become champion jockey for a fourth time after ending his long association with Godolphin.

The Italian is going freelance in 2013 after being retained by Sheikh Mohammed's operation for the last 18 years, during which time he won the title three times in 1994, 1995 and 2004.

His agent, ex-jockey Ray Cochrane, believes Dettori still has plenty to offer and an attempt at winning the title could be on the cards.

"We will set our sights on winning most of the big races, if we can do, and will have a crack at being champion jockey," he told racinguk.com.

"It shouldn't be too hard for him. We have discussed it in the past.

"The biggest thing of not being retained by Godolphin is that I can kick on five days in advance and make it my aim for him to ride the best horses.

"Godolphin didn't let me know what he's riding until 48 hours beforehand.

"He rides for a hell of a lot of trainers here in Newmarket and has links all over the world so he won't go short of work.

"Being a professional sportsman is hard work and he's ridden over 200 winners before."

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