Can Frankie Dettori win the SPOTY award?
Frankie Dettori’s farewell tour has been a huge success this year and he’s produced multiple notable winners in 2023 to once again stamp his authority as one of the best jockeys of all time. Dettori’s presence will be missed in the horse racing world and it’s a shame to see him retire but what a farewell he has had so far.
With all his success this year the bookmakers have him down as the favourites to win the Sports Personality of the Year award! It’d be fitting to see such a legend win this award in his final year as an athlete and to be honest, it’s more than deserved. Some of his notable wins this year include;
- 2000 Guineas: Chaldean
- Royal Ascot Gold Cup: Courage Mon Ami
- Epsom Oaks: Soul Sister
Not a bad haul for your final year as a professional jockey and you can definitely see why he’s up for the Sports Personality of the Year award with this being his farewell. Using odds sourced from HorseRacing.net we can see that bookmakers are having Frankie Dettori as the 3/1 favourite for the award which implies a 25% chance of winning the award.
Now horse racing personalities have never had the best of luck at the Sports Personality of the Year award, they’ve had one winner with Tony McCoy in 2010 but apart from that, it’s been a couple of firsts and seconds for the horse racing world.
More importantly, Frankie Dettori has never won the award despite being such a legend of the sporting world! Dettori is a household name, not just in horse racing, but as a general sports personality, to see him without an award to note his achievements in the sporting world is a shame and this year is the perfect year to finally get that 1st place finish in the SPOTY award.
Frankie’s only top finish in the Sports Personality of the Year award was in 1996 where he finished third. That’s 27 years ago and he’s still going now! Of course there’s still a while until the award is given out and there’s other notable candidates in the market.
Ben Stokes is a short price at 5/1 and some heroics in The Ashes could definitely see him move into favouritism, but after that, the market gets blown wide open with a bunch of personalities north of 20/1.
When it comes to the Sports Personality of the Year award, the shortlist is announced a few weeks before the award ceremony which gives the public an idea of who will be reaching the latter stages. The winner is then determined on the night by a public telephone and on-line vote.
So is Frankie the value at 3/1? We know punters love to pile on Dettori what he’s on a roll and with it being his farewell tour, we could very well see the whole of the horse racing community getting on the voting lines to try and secure a victory for this iconic figure. Is the horse racing community powerful enough to get a win for Dettori? You’d like to think so, but you’ve got to also consider not everyone is Dettori’s biggest fan, everyone has their haters!
There’s not many notable achievements in the big players in the market and in all honesty, Frankie Dettori looks like the most logical winner. However, there’s still plenty of time left in the year so we’ll have to monitor the market!