below is of top jockey Frankie Dettori - probably the
best known jockey since Lester Piggott hung up his whip.
Despite (or maybe because of) being Italian, Frankie has
won over the hearts of the British public with his fun,
sense of humour and positive attitude. He has become a
sporting icon and a celebrity outside his sport. I took
the image below at Newmarket Races on August 1st 2008.
It pictures Frankie on Awinnersgame after winning the 7
p.m race. He is on his way into the winner's enclosure.
Somehow the expression on his face shows the fierce
competitive spirit of the man alongside the obvious
humour - the steely determination that is often hidden
by the public fun persona that saw him posing for
photographs and chatting to people during the evening.
Apologies to Awinnersgame for having to cut most of him
out of the picture but there were thousands of people
around and getting a decent shot was difficult as I only
had a split second to take it..