Robbie Power: Dettori’s Retirement Tour Huge For Flat Racing in 2023

Frankie Dettori’s retirement tour will be a big boost to flat racing in 2023 according to BoyleSports horse racing ambassador Robbie Power.

We got the chance to catch up with Power recently and we wanted to get his thoughts on some of the big recent retirement announcements in the world of horse racing.

Check out his opinions on the news of Frankie Dettori and Davy Russell’s retirements below!


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What’s Your Reaction to Frankie Dettori’s retirement – did that come as a surprise?

Frankie Dettori will be a huge loss to flat racing because he’s a phenomenally good jockey and he’s a real character. Frankie has been the face of flat racing for the last 15 or 20 years and what he’s done for the sport has been unbelievable.

 I think Rachael Blackmore can become the figurehead for British and Irish racing because she’s the face of racing at the moment and what she’s achieved is phenomenal for a female jockey.

The only thing that’s unlikely because she’s not attached to Willie Mullins or Gordon Elliott is Rachael becoming Champion Jockey.

Do you think Frankie Dettori has retired in the right way?

Flat racing is very different because it’s not as dangerous as the jumps. I always wanted to go out on a good note because I didn’t want to retire down the road as there’s so much that can happen to a jumps jockey.

What Frankie is doing, going out on a grand tour, is going to be huge for flat racing during 2023.

What’s did you think of Davy Russell’s retirement?

I was actually surprised when Davy came back after the horrific injury he suffered at the Munster National but it just goes to show the calibre of man that he is to come back after an injury as serious as that.

I wasn’t surprised at the news of Davy’s retirement because no one is ever really surprised when a jumps jockey hangs up their boots at 43 years old.

Davy’s riding did the talking, he’s won all the big races and was just a phenomenally good jockey.

How would you assess his legacy?

Davy Russell is right up there with all of the best jockeys in the game, he was flawless around Cheltenham and rode that track as well as anybody. I think he had a winner at every festival for ten or 12 years running, or maybe even longer which is a phenomenal achievement in itself.

The only surprise for me surrounding Davy’s career is that Gigginstown stopped using him as the number one jockey because he’s been one of the best jockeys in the business.

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