A delighted Frankie Dettori was crowned champion flat jockey for the third time in his career at Doncaster on Saturday, as the 2004 flat season came to an emotional end.
Dettori beat outgoing champion Kieren Fallon by 15 winners across the season, with a total of 192 triumphs against the Irishmans 177. Dettoris previous two championships were won a decade ago in 1994 and 1995.
The flamboyant Italian dedicated the championship to his pregnant wife Catherine, who was at Doncaster with their four children to witness the ceremony in a packed winners enclosure.
My wife gave me the push to go out and do it. She set the snowball rolling. She was a big part of this championship. My family have been my inspiration, he said.
Fallon, who has been champion six times out of the last seven seasons, was gracious about his defeat by his long-time friend and rival.
Frankie is a good friend of mine and I am happy for him. Hes had a great season. He deserves it, said Fallon.
Dettori said he would be aiming to retain the title next year, but acknowledged that it would not be easy: Its going to be hard because Kieren is a very determined person. Im not saying Im going to win it but Im going to be knocking on the door again.
Dettoris main employer, Godolphin, was crowned champion owner with their trainer Saeed Bin Suroor taking the trainers award. Twenty-year-old Tom Queally was crowned champion apprentice jockey of the 2004 season with 59 winners.