Dettori claims sixth Gold Cup after 'nasty fake news' retirement talk
Frankie Dettori has warned rival jockeys that he has plenty of time to add to his Royal Ascot successes after riding to a 60th victory and sixth Gold Cup on Stradivarius.
Twenty-six years after a first win in the event's most prestigious race, Dettori claimed number six on Thursday as the four-year-old joint-favourite edged clear on the home straight.
And the crowds at Ascot may not have seen the last of the 47-year-old jockey as he targets further victories.
"That's 60 wins here, six Gold Cups, and I'm only 47, in case you forget," he told ITV Racing.
"[Stradivarius] was a lion today. He had to see off Order Of St George, Torcedor and then Vazirabad and, in the end, he took off. It went perfectly.
"I come alive here, I love it. I think the crowd lifted him. The Gold Cup is the showcase of the week and to win it again, my first one for John Gosden, is great for the team."
This win comes just weeks after reports of Dettori calling time on his racing career, but trainer John Gosden dismissed those claims on a triumphant day.
"That was one of those nasty fake news things," said Gosden. "It actually quite upset him. He enjoys his riding and we're fortunate to have him around."
Dettori and Gosden also claimed an opening-day treble at this year's meeting.