By Simon Jackson.
Frankie Dettori was among the six names added to the Legends Of The Turf walk in Newmarket ahead of the valuable three day July meeting that started on Thursday.
The Italian-born Newmarket-based jockey has been in superb form this season, winning the Investec Derby and Coral-Eclipse on Golden Horn and enjoying a tremendous Royal Ascot where he passed the milestone of riding 50 winners at the Royal meeting.
The Epsom Derby win was Dettori’s second in the race, following his success on Motivator in 2005.
The other names added to the commemorative walk, that last year was laid along Newmarket High Street to create the equine equivalent of Hollywood’s ‘Walk of Fame’, were Shergar, Noel Murless, Pretty Polly, Nat Flatman and Admiral Rous.
The six entries join the human and equine heroes from Newmarket’s rich racing history that in 2014 had paving stones dedicated to them in memory of their exploits on the turf.
The inaugural six legends were Frankel, Sir Henry Cecil, Lester Piggott, Fred Archer, Sir John Astley and Hyperion which had previously been unveiled in a ceremony hosted by the Jockey Club in the presence of connections of the various ‘Legends’.
These permanent tributes will remain as monuments to some of the sport’s greatest achievers. The Legends of the Turf walk has already proved popular and is an attempt to bring racing into Newmarket town centre to enhance the visitor experience ahead of the Home Of Horseracing centre at Palace House which opens next spring
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