Horse racing jockey Frankie Dettori in Southport

Italian horse racing jockey and celebrity, Frankie Dettori is in Southport over the weekend.

He is staying at The Vincent Hotel with friend from the racing world.

Dettori has been Champion Jockey on three occasions and has ridden the winners of more than 500 Group races.

His most celebrated achievement was riding all seven winners on British Champions’ Day at Ascot in 1996.

Frankie is the son of the jockey Gianfranco Dettori, who was a prolific winner in Italy.

He has been described by Lester Piggott as the best jockey currently riding.

Since the end of 2012, Dettori has been operating as a freelance, having split with Godolphin Racing, for whom he was stable jockey and had most of his big race victories.

On the 5th of December 2012, he was suspended from riding for six months after being found guilty of taking a prohibited substance, believed to be cocaine.

During this absence, he took part in the 11th series of the UK reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother finishing seventh on Day 21.

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