The confirmation of Dettori’s appearance has created plenty of traction with Aussie bookmakers
Can Frankie Dettori finally break his Melbourne Cup duck in his final appearance at Flemington?
Frankie Dettori set for Melbourne Park swansong
- Charismatic Italian ending prolific 30-year career in 2023.
- Dettori has enjoyed an incredible racing career in UK, Europe and worldwide.
- Incredibly, Dettori has never won the Melbourne Cup.
- Dettori has finished second twice in the Melbourne Cup – in 1999 and 2015.
Whilst the Melbourne Cup always creates a storm with Australian and international betting sites, the news that it will be Frankie Dettori’s last visit to the festival has added an extra sense of gravitas to the occasion in 2023.
When it comes to stellar horse racing careers, very few jockeys can compete with Frankie Dettori.
Over an incredible 35-year career, Frankie Dettori has set the standard for flat racing worldwide, picking up notable races wins the world over but the Melbourne Cup has so far alluded him.
Having announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2023 season, Dettori is set for one final crack at the famous Flemington racecourse – as he seeks a maiden Melbourne Cup win.
Whilst very few jockeys get to go out on a high, Dettori has plenty of Aussie bookmakers speculating as to whether he can pick up a Melbourne Cup win, in his final appearance.
Dettori going out at the top
2023 will mark Frankie Dettori’s 18th Melbourne Cup appearance, having first competed in the race back in 1993.
The Italian heads out to Australia following yet another successful British summer, where he registered his 80th career win at Royal Ascot and continued to etch his name into international horse racing folklore.
Whilst it does all seem a little romanticised for Dettori to bow out from the Melbourne Cup with a win in the ‘race that stops a nation’ plenty of betting sites feel something could be written in the stars for the enigmatic Dettori.
Vauban the horse to stop?
Whilst inevitably the news that Frankie Dettori is making his final appearance at the Melbourne Cup has generated plenty of international appeal, he is unlikely to be on board the favourite for the 2023 edition of the race.
Irish trainer Willie Mullins remains the most prolific operator in world flat racing and how he would love his steed Vauban to get the job done here.
Having won all there is to win both in the UK and in Europe, Vauban’s electrifying pace makes it the horse to stop in the Melbourne Cup this year and if it finds its rhythm, there will be very little Dettori and co and do to stop it.
Vauban remains the ante-post favourite to win the 2023 Melbourne Cup at $8.00 with PuntersPal.
Other big race chances for Dettori
Despite having a long and prolific career, Dettori has strangely never really registered the amount of race wins he would have liked in Australia.
Winning the A J Moir Stakes back in 2002 is Dettori’s biggest triumph down under and he will want to add to that in his final campaign of racing in Victoria.
Dettori is set to be at Flemington for the duration of the 2023 Melbourne Cup Festival and he will be hoping for plenty of rides that could secure some end of career glory for him.
With rides expected for Dettori in both the VRC Oaks on November 9th and on Champions Day on November 11th, Dettori has plenty of chances to add to his tally of grade 1 race wins in Australia.
In the midst of his farewell World Tour, Frankie Dettori will return to the Melbourne Cup in 2023, seeking one last triumph with the biggest Aussie bookmakers.
The 2023 edition of the Melbourne Cup promises to be a cracker and with Frankie Dettori set to say goodbye to the race, there is unlikely to be a dry eye in the house at Flemington.