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Last Updated: Saturday, 6 November, 2004, 17:32 GMT
Dettori crowned champion jockey
Kieren Fallon and Frankie Dettori
Fallon had to relinquish his title to Dettori
Frankie Dettori was crowned champion Flat jockey for the third time at Doncaster on Saturday.

The Italian, whose previous titles came in 1994 and 1995, finished the season on 192 winners, 15 ahead of rival and six-time champion Kieren Fallon.

"It has been a fascinating season and I was pushed by some great guys," said Dettori.

"I've achieved my goal so I just want to put my feet up now."

Dettori dedicated his title win to his wife Catherine, who is currently expecting their fifth child.

"She gave me the push to go out and do it. She set the snowball rolling," he said.

Dettori's wife and four children were on hand to see him and Fallon showered in champagne by their weighing-room colleagues during the presentation ceremony.

Frankie's had a great season - he deserves to win the title
Kieren Fallon

Dettori singled out Doyen's win in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes as the highlight of his season.

And the 33-year-old added that he would be making every effort to retain his title next season.

"It's going to be hard because Kieren is a very determined person," said Dettori.

"I'm going to have a shot. I'm not saying I'm going to win it but I'm going to be knocking at the door again."

Outgoing champion Fallon was gracious in defeat.

"Frankie is a good friend of mine and I am happy for him," said the Irishman. "He's had a great season. He deserves it."

There was some consolation for Fallon, champion for six of the last seven years, when he won the day's big race, the November Handicap, on Carte Diamond.

Dettori's main employer, Godolphin, claimed the champion owner title with their trainer Saeed Bin Suroor winning the trainer's award.

Tom Queally, 20, was crowned champion apprentice with 59 winners.






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