Italian racing icon Frankie Dettori has admitted he has no intention of quitting the saddle anytime soon and will attempt to race into his 50s, the BBC report.

The 48-year-old, who has been a jockey for more than 30 years, was named as the world’s best jockey last year for the second time in his career.

Dettori is one of just six jockeys to ride over 3,000 winners and has become one of the most recognisable faces in the sport.

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And talking to the BBC, Dettori revealed he will attempt to continue racing into his 50s, but admitted matching legendary jockey Lester Piggott’s retirement age of 56 could be a challenge too far.

I’m 48. I get to 50 in 23 months’ time. I’m sure I can get to it.

I’ll carry on as long as I can. If I can get five years out of it, great.

Lester [Piggott] went on until he was 56, so that’s a challenge.

Dettori was talking after Cracksman, the horse the Italian rode to victory in the Qipco Champion Stakes in October, was jointly named as the world’s best racehorse alongside Australia’s Winx after the pair were tied on a rating of 130 in the Longines rankings.