Frankie Dettori’s Magnificent 7

We take a look back at the day Frankie Dettori won a magnificent 7 races at Ascot
Frankie Dettori’s Magnificent 7
15 April 2021 | 16:46
Frankie Dettori’s Magnificent 7

It’s one of the most amazing days in British sporting history. September 28th 1996 - the day Frankie Dettori won all seven races at Ascot. The odds of such an occurrence happening were a staggering 25,051-1 and the feat has never been matched before or after. So how did Dettori manage to write himself into the record books?

The first three

It all started easily enough. Dettori rode the favourite Wall Street in the first race and romped home at 2-1. 

His next victory was somewhat more unlikely. Diffident was given little chance of victory and odds of 12-1 suggested that Dettori had his work cut out. Nevertheless, thanks to a slow run race, Dettori managed to steer Diffident to victory.

The third was the feature race of the day, the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II stakes. Dettori rode the much fancied Mark of Esteem, and squeezed home in a close run race.

Closing in on history

With a hat trick under his belt, Dettori was clearly in the form of his life, but the fourth race was the tricky Tote Festival Handicap. An open race with 26 runners and no clear favourite. Dettori rode the top weight Decorated Hero (7-1) and again was given little chance of victory. However, he proved the doubters wrong again by easily romping home by 3-4 lengths.

By now, people were starting to realise they could be on the cusp of witnessing history and Dettori raised even more heads by edging home on Fatefully in the fifth.

The historic moment

Dettori equalled the record in the next with victory on the 5-4 favourite Lochangel. This created an unprecedented surge of interest around the country and BBC television programming was interrupted to bring live coverage of the last race of the day.

Fujiyama Crest wasn’t really fancied in the last race, and started the day at odds of 12-1. But, thanks to Dettori’s form and the huge levels of interest, the bookies reduced the odds to as low as 5-4. In a competitive race, Dettori just about managed to cling on for first place to complete the historic achievement.

The aftermath

One lucky punter had a seven race accumulator on Dettori and won an incredible £550,000. Due to Dettori’s popularity and the huge attention on the final few races, the achievement cost the betting industry over £40,000,000.

As for Fujiyama Crest, he raced a few more times, but was soon retired. Dettori decided to reward his history making horse by adopting him as the family pet!

Every sport has their landmark moments and whilst horse racing has seen it’s fair share of them, Dettori’s magnificent seven stands out as the most incredible achievement in the history of the sport.





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