The 5-minute Interview: Frankie Dettori, Jockey

'I am easy-going, but a lot of thought goes into what I do'


Frankie Dettori, 37, has had many wins including four Ascot Gold Cups. He is on CNN International's 'Revealed' programme on Saturday at 6.30pm.

If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be...

Having a glass of wine on the patio. I'm on holiday in Dubai. We've been on the beach and the kids are in the bath.

A word I use far too often...

"Honey" or "mum". It's what I call my wife. She doesn't mind.

I wish people would take more notice of...

Being positive. There are too many negative people in the world.

The most surprising thing that happened to me was...

When I had a plane crash. I didn't expect that – no one warned me.

A common misperception of me is...

That I'm happy-go-lucky. Which I am, but a lot of thought goes into what I do, it doesn't just come from the sky.

I am not a politician but...

As far as I understand, the left and right are the same thing. It doesn't matter who's in power, it's the same, and everyone has a long list of complaints.

I'm good at...

Riding. And shouting instructions at people: work colleagues, family, everyone.

I'm very bad at...

Everything else.

The ideal night out is...

Dinner with friends and then on to a club. I enjoy food, wine and music.

In moments of weakness I...

Eat chocolate.

You know me as a jockey but in a truer life I'd have ...

Owned a restaurant. I like my food.

Marianne Powell

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