‘I don’t want to chop my fingers off before the Derby’: Frankie Dettori cooks up a storm

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  • Despite being a top Flat jockey, Frankie Dettori is a keen ‘foody’ and he owns restaurants in London.

    During the countdown to the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs on 1 June, Italian-born Frankie teamed up with the racecourse’s head chef Rhys Owen to create his ultimate celebration dish if he were to win the Investec Derby again — opting for ‘melanzane alla parmigiana’, which is an aubergine-based recipe.

    Frankie has won the Investec Derby twice, on Authorized in 2007 and Golden Horn in 2015.

    “Every sport has got their big event and the Investec Derby is the best for us in Flat racing,” he said. “You’re lucky if you happen to win it because it’s one of the most famous races in the world.

    “I was lucky enough to win the Derby twice and let’s hope this dish brings me luck for a third time.”

    Frankie is likely to partner the Derby favourite Too Darn Hot, if the three-year-old runs in the big race after a splint put him out of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket recently. The Lord Lloyd-Webber-owned son of Dubawi was unbeaten last season as a two-year-old and picked up the Cartier two-year-old accolade.

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    For all the latest news analysis, competition reports, interviews, features and much more, don’t miss Horse & Hound magazine, on sale every Thursday. Don’t miss our Investec Derby preview in the 30 May issue and the full report from the two-day meeting in the 6 June issue.

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