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'No strength to scream or cry': Franki Dettori recalls his horrifying plane crash

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Frankie Dettori has had a highly decorated career. Among his long list of achievements is claiming Champion Jockey on three occasions and riding the winners of more than 500 Group races. His life has also been full of drama and the horse racing legend has documented the highs and lows in new autobiography, Leap Of Faith.

Describing the moment of collision, the jockey said he had no time to “scream or cry”.

“I just had six-months-old child and life was going so great.”

Frankie describes the palpable moment he confronted death.

“I was disappointed that god was going to take me and I was not ready for it.”

Remarkably, Frankie was left relatively unscathed by the crash, which took place in Newmarket.

His future agent Ray Cochrane, who suffered minor burns, saved his life by pulling him from the wreckage through the plane’s luggage compartment.

The jockey fractured his right ankle and thumb.

The star made a superhuman recovery: “I was back racing two months after the crash, notching up a couple of winners at Newmarket,” he wrote in his new autobiography.



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