Frankie Dettori Net Worth: How Much Has The ‘Pocket Italian’ Jockey Banked?

Frankie Dettori
Frankie Dettori

The Frankie Dettori net worth question is often a curious one horse racing fans ask when the ‘pocket Italian’ jockey is riding in the big races. While, even though 2023 was expected to be Dettori’s last year in the saddle, he’s since announced a retirement U-turn and will carry on race riding – with a career in the US and California on the horizon.

Frankie Dettori Net Worth As Top Jockey Cancels Retirement Plans

Popular jockey Frankie Dettori (52) has been a regular name horse racing flat fans have seen riding over the years and the ‘good news’ for his followers is that he’s cancelled his intended 2023 retirement and announced he will carry on riding into 2024.

Dettori is expected to be mainly based in the US from 2024, in California, as he’s make no secret that a win in the Kentucky Derby is high on his agenda.

While, despite Frankie saying he’s going to race mainly in the US, there is every chance he’ll be tempted back to ride in the best European races again in 2024 and beyond, plus at his beloved Royal Ascot – where he’s ridden over 80 winners.

Having started riding in 1986, and steering home his first winner at Goodwood in 1987 as a 16 year-old – Lanfranco Dettori has gone onto be a household name in the world of horse racing.

Ask 100 random people in the street to name a famous jockey that still rides in the UK and Frankie Dettori would surely come out on top.

But next up for Dettori is to try and crack the US, which he’ll start to do in 2024.

Frankie Has Ridden 81 Royal Ascot Winners

In 2023 Dettori rode another four winners at the Royal Ascot meeting when the Wathnan Racing-owned Gregory and Courage Mon Ami, who won the Ascot Gold Cup (watch below), Porta Fortuna and Coppice all won for him.

This took his tally at the meeting he’s loved over the years to 81.

It remains to be seen if we’ll see him back at Royal Ascot – but knowing Frankie there’s a good chance we’ll see him at the Berkshire track again.

WATCH: Frankie Winning His 9th Ascot Gold Cup on Courage Mon Ami

Dettori Won the 2000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks In 2023

In true Frankie Dettori fashion, in what was meant to be his last season riding, he grabbed the headlines by winning the Epsom Oaks and 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. He also added a ninth Ascot Gold Cup at the Royal Meeting and the York Ebor Handicap in August – winning this race for a third time since 2012 and now twice in-a-row.

Many feel this run of top wins during the 2023 season was the main factor on Frankie making a retirement U-turn?

WATCH: Frankie Winning The 2023 2,000 Guineas On Chaldean

WATCH: Frankie Winning The 2023 Epsom Oaks On Soul Sister

Frankie Dettori Net Worth Reported To Be £15m

The Frankie Dettori net worth is said to be in the region of £15m, so the pocket Italian certainly won’t be looking down the back of the sofa for loose change when he does eventually hang up his riding boots.

During his riding days (to date), Frankie has amassed £153m in total winnings for these horses owners.

However, in a league table of the world’s jockey’s this haul of £153m still puts Dettori way back and is dwarfed by some other well-known riders. Japan has a massive 8 of the top 10 highest earning jockeys at the moment, with Yutaka Take, who has over 4,000 career wins, out on his own with a reported £573m

Frankie was the highest placed UK-based jockey to feature in the ‘top 50’ list – but he still only came in at 37th place. This is sure to be another reflection of the much lower prize money on offer at the big UK races, compared to around the world.

Top 5 Highest Jockeys Race Winnings

  • 1. Yutaka Take (Jpn) £573m
  • 2. Norihiro Yokoyama (Jpn) £403m
  • 3. Masayoshi Ebina (Jpn) £345m
  • 4. Yuichi Fukunaga (Jpn) £344m
  • 5. John R. Velazquez (Jpn) £310m

Between 2019 and 2023 Dettori-Ridden Horses Won Over £16m In Total Prize Money

Jockeys, of course, don’t win all of the prize money that a horse wins a race – their owners do.

However, the trainers and jockeys will get a % of this prize money banked, with flat jockeys getting around 8-9% or any winning prize money and 3.5% of any place winnings.

As well as the prize money split, flat jockeys will also earn approx. £130 per ride. Some jockeys are also on retainers, so they will be paid set fee over a season or whatever terms has been agreed. For example, Frankie Dettori was Godolphin’s retained jockey for 18 years between 1994 and 2012.

This haul of prize money has also helped lots in increasing the Frankie Dettori net worth.

Other Non-Racing Earners for Frankie Dettori

Dettori was also on the 11th series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2013 but was the 5th person to be evicted that year. While he was also a team captain on the popular quiz show ‘A Question Of Sport’ in 2003.

Pizzas were also on the menu back in 2004, when Frankie had a line of Frozen Italian foods that he put his name too in the supermarkets. Plus, around the same time also opened a restaurant with respected chef Marco Pierre White in London called ‘Frankie’s Italian Bar and Grill’.

Frankie Dettori is a big football fan too and is often seen supporting his home nation Italy in the big tournaments. Then on the footballing domestic front he’s a huge Arsenal supporter and is no stranger to watch games at the Emirates Stadium when not riding.

Therefore, when the Italian does hang up his riding boots in the future, we can be sure the Frankie Dettori net worth will continue to rise as he looks towards other revenue streams, with media work sure to be high on his list.

Frankie Dettori’s Net Worth Also Increased After A Stint On I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here 2023

Frankie Dettori also appeared on the 2023 I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here ITV Show, which is based in Australia, and hosted by Ant and Dec.

His fee is unknown, with ITV rarely revealing the details, but it can be expected to be well over £100k and will further increase the Italian’s net worth.

Dettori was voted off by the public first on Sunday 3rd December but despite this early exit you can expect the Frankie Dettori net worth to increase further with possible spin-off sponsorship deals now in the cards due to being more in the genral public’s eye.

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here 2023 was won by popular DJ and presenter Sam Thompson, with former boxer Tony Bellew finishing second.

Frankie Dettori Shorlisted For BBC Sports Personality Award 2023

Dettori also made it to the final six ahead of the December BBC Sports Personality Awards 2023 – or SPOTY as it’s also known.

Jockey AP McCoy won the famous award in 2010, while another top rider Lester Piggott also picked up special achievement awards in 1984 and 1994.

The other five SPOTY sporting starts to be shortlisted in 2023 were Mary Earps, Stuart Broad, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Alfie Hewett and Rory McIlroy.

Frankie Cost The Bookies Over £30m In 1996 Riding ALL 7 Winners at Ascot

Back in 1996, Frankie Dettori was already an established figure for horse racing fans. However, Dettori catapulted into the front pages that year after he rode ALL (yes, all) seven winners on a September card at Ascot.

The incredible sequence of winners made Frankie a household name overnight with the 7 horses having cumulative odds of 25,051/1. At that stage many horse racing punters were putting Dettori’s horses in accas and perming them up – with one lucky Frankie fan said to have won £500k on the Frankie Ascot ‘Magnificent Seven’.

With the bookies running scared, the final winner was a horse called Fujiyama Crest was shortened in from double-figure prices to just 2/1 favourite. (watch below).

Frankie Went onto Say

“I managed to get him to the front and decided to kick early and get them all stretched out. They were all queuing up to get to me and I thought someone would come out of the pack and beat me.

“We got past the furlong marker and I was tired, Fujiyama Crest’s head is on the floor and we’re just waiting for the line. I thought: ‘He’s going to pass me, he’s going to pass me, but he didn’t’. Then it was chaos.”

“The next morning I couldn’t wait to get the papers,” he added. “I used to get them delivered on a Sunday, so I opened the door in my t-shirt and underpants and it was like a scene from Notting Hill, all the paparazzi taking pictures and TV cameras. I realised then the impact this had had on the world.

“Myself and Peter Burrel my manager, we took advantage of it the opportunity to promote myself and racing. I did everything. It changed my life and it changed my sport.”

Dettori later went on to buy Fujiyama Crest when the horse retired from racing and kept him at this Newmarket base.

Dettori Has Won EVERY Group One Race In The UK – Except The July Cup

Another exceptional record that Frankie Dettori has on his CV, is that the jockey has won EVERY Group One race in the UK, barring the July Cup, run at Newmarket.

He failed to win it again in 2023 – (didn’t have a ride), so will he be back for more in 2024 July Cup now he’s NOT retiring.

Enable One Of Frankie Dettori’s Favourite Horses

Over the years, Frankie Dettori has built up relationships with many big equine names. Dubai Millennium, Golden Horn, Daylami, Swain, and Fantastic Light. However, in more recent times the John Gosden-trained Enable was another name Frankie made no secret of his love form.

The pair teamed up to win 14 times, during a 19-race career and those successes included three King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes wins (2017, 2019 & 2020) as well as two Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe wins (2017 and 2018) and the Epsom Oaks in 2017.

During her career Enable banked £10,724,320 in prize money – winning 15 of her 19 starts – another help towards the Frankie Dettori net worth total.

Frankie Dettori’s Big Race Wins

Frankie Dettori has ridden over 3,000 winners during his career and won most of the big races around the world. These include all of the five English Classics and he’s also won the Italian Derby three times. See below some of the standout contests.

  • 1,000 Guineas (4) – Cape Verdi, Kazzia, Blue Bunting, Mother Earth
  • 2000 Guineas (3) – Mark Of Esteem, Island Sands, Galileo Gold
  • Epsom Derby (2) – Authorized, Golden Horn
  • Epsom Oaks (6) – Balanchine, Moonshell, Kazzia, Enable, Anapurna, Snowfall
  • St Leger (6) – Classic Cliche, Shantou, Scorpion, Sixties Icon, Conduit, Locician
  • Ascot Gold Cup (9) – Drum Taps (2), Kayf Tara, Papineau, Colour Vision, Stradivarius (3), Courage Mon Ami
  • King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (7) – Lammtarra, Swain, Daylami, Doyen, Enable (3)
  • Prix de l’ Arc de Triomphe (6) – Lammtarra, Sakhee (2001), Marienbard (2002), Golden Horn (2015), Enable (2017 & 2018)
  • Hong Kong Cup (3) – Fantastic Light, Falbrav, Ramonti
  • Irish Derby (1) – Balanchine
  • Italian Derby (3) – Mukhalif, Mastery, King’s Caper
  • Dubai World Cup (4) – Dubai Millennium, Moon Ballad, Electrocutionist, Country Grammer
  • Japan Cup (3) – Singspiel, Falbrav, Alkaased

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