In order to ride dual Oaks winning filly Enable in Saturday's G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, jockey Frankie Dettori had to lose a bit of weight – seven pounds in total, according to the champion rider.
To make the weight, 8st, 7lb (119 pounds), Dettori did not resort to drastic measures. Instead, as the Racing Post reports, the rider kept himself on a strict diet throughout the week, which consisted of white fish and water.
Professional Jockeys Association executive director Dale Gibson said Dettori's commitment was like that of many other jockeys, but was still “a notable achievement considering he has had limited rides since fracturing a shoulder in June.”
“It was a great physical effort particularly after he had been injured, and at the age of 46, when we are told metabolisms close down as we get older.”
“Different people use different methods but using diet is the way forward rather than drastic measures,” Gibson added. “Diet and exercise are the key in order to keep riding into your forties.”
Read more in the Racing Post
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