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Dettori determined to break Melbourne duck

31st December 2018, 11:48 by Alex Jack

Jockey Frankie Dettori says he would love to break his duck in the Melbourne Cup before he decides to retire from racing.

The Italian has twice been a runner up in Australia's prestigious race, finishing second on Central Park (1999) and more recently aboard Willie Mullins' Max Dynamite in 2015.

Dettori finds himself racing in the US and across the globe but the 48-year-old is still clinging to the hope of a win in Melbourne.

"It [Breeders Cup] has got that Ryder Cup feel. We are going to their back yards with our best horses trying to win," said Dettori.

"That's what makes the Breeders' Cup greater for us because when we do pull it off it really means something.

"In American fashion, they like to knock us down all the time, as they do in the Ryder Cup, and it's probably the only time when I go there that I feel like I am representing Europe, not just myself.

"As for Melbourne, it's amazing I have never got to win it yet. I've been second twice, but that's another big race you can watch on Sky Sports Racing and hopefully one day I will get to win it."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.

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