Bagpipe music is something of an acquired taste, one which despite my Scottish ancestry, has never appealed to me. It is, though, one of Frankie Dettori’s pleasures. That might at first glance appear a really odd thought, but variants of bagpipes are to be found in most countries across Europe.
At his request the strains of the drone and chanter will reverberate around the July course at Newmarket, heralding the start of the three day July meeting. Frankie could probably persuade the racecourse management to do almost anything, but this little show is put on in connection with his role as Newmarket Racecourses’ ambassador for the year.
Dettori is happy to take on that role, which ties in with the 30th anniversary of his arrival in the town. He came to England as a teenager to work for his countryman Luca Cumani and has never looked back. He said, “Newmarket, the racecourses and the town, mean a lot to me and I love them. In July I have lived here for 30 years, ever since I was a young teenager. That’s a long time.2015 has turned out to be a milestone for me in my 30th year of living and riding in Newmarket. I won my second Derby and I’m working for Sheikh Joaan Al Thani and John Gosden. It’s been a great year and that looks set to continue.”
With a dozen or more rides over the three days he will be hopeful of at least one winner, and one of his best chances must be in the Bahrain Trophy, the first race of the meeting. Dettori rides the short priced favourite, Mr Singh. Let’s hope the horses aren’t spooked by the bagpipes as the music leads the jockeys from the weighing room to the parade ring.