With rumours circulating suggesting Frankie Dettori is set to retire, Racing Post’s chief writer Lee Mottershead has heaped praise on the jockey, describing him as ‘hugely important to racing’, Sky Sports report.

Dettori, 47, found out about the retirement speculation reports earlier this month, denying them and suggesting he would ride for up to “five more years”.

The popular Italian enjoyed some good form at Royal Ascot this week, and won the Gold Cup for the sixth time on Thursday on board Stradivarius.

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The win was also Dettori’s 60th victory at Royal Ascot, who after the raced joked with the media and said:

I’m still here and you can’t get rid of me.

Talking at Royal Ascot to Sky Sports, Mottershead was full of praise for Dettori, describing him as the ‘biggest name in the sport’ at this moment in time.

He is hugely important. There aren’t that many recognisable faces in the world of horse racing. Frankie is one of the very few. He is the biggest name in the sport, this is the sport’s biggest event in Flat racing, the two need to go together.

Dettori won his first Ascot Gold Cup back in 1992, and may be racing in the event up until 2022 if he has his own way.