QIPCO British Champions Series ambassador and BBC Radio 2 DJ, Sara Cox has joked that she is leaving radio and becoming a professional jockey, following an amazing horse riding lesson with the world’s most famous jockey, Frankie Dettori.
Sara said afterwards, “It was the best day ever and I couldn’t stop smiling. It was such an incredible experience to be given a lesson by Frankie. He’s a world class jockey and my legs felt like jelly even before I got on the horse! But Frankie was very encouraging and gave me some really good tips including how to get my balance and get my body positioned better. I can’t believe he let me beat him! It really meant a lot for him to say that I’d done well. It was amazing, I loved it. I am leaving radio and becoming a professional jockey!”
Frankie Dettori said of his pupil, “I can’t believe I got beaten by a woman! Seriously though, Sara did great. She had beautiful balance and as she will see from the video she will see that her body’s posture was spot on especially when she doesn’t ride a lot. It was great, she had good posture on the horse and I think the horse enjoyed it as well.”
The lesson took place at the British Racing School ahead of QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 15th October where Frankie will be riding and Sara will be DJing at the afterparty, alongside DJ and producer, Sigala.
Despite having won pretty much every major race, it was only last year that Dettori broke his QIPCO British Champions Day duck when winning the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup with Flying Officer. He has the chance to add to that tally this year with some high profile rides, including on Galileo Gold, one of the favourites in the £1 million Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, sponsored by QIPCO.
Dettori said, “Champions Day is our biggest day, there’s going to be thousands of people, we have probably the best races of the year, all on the same day. There’s a lot of pressure on but that’s why I work hard to get to that point and it’s exciting, it’s nerve-wracking but it’s also fun as well"
Sara said, “I can’t wait to DJ at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions. I played there a couple of years ago and it was a real laugh and I have a big group of girlfriends coming along this year. We will all be looking forward to seeing Frankie ride on track and will be giving him a wave as he crosses the winning post and he has promised to come and have a dance afterwards during my set. It should be a great day.”
To watch Frankie Dettori in action and to see Sara Cox perform at the after-party at QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot racecourse on Saturday 15th October get your tickets at www.britishchampionsseries.com
Frankie Dettori’s top riding tips:
1. Let’s start with the basics: “Just hang on.”
2. Ride with shorter reins: “If you have shorter reins and lean more forward then you’ll have full balance and the horse will do the rest.”
3. This one’s important – How to stop: “Just say wooo, woooo.”