Life for Dettori has never been less than eventful since he moved into the property, with plenty of highlights, including winning the 2007 Derby on Authorized.
Dettori has become almost as familiar on television as at racecourses, serving as a team captain on A Question of Sport and taking part in Celebrity Big Brother in 2013. He has even branched out into the catering business, with a line in frozen Italian food and a string of sports bars and diners.
But, for a devoted family man, with five children, White Horse Stables has always been Home with a capital H. “We moved in straight after our wedding, and our children have grown up here. The house is full of happy memories, and we have had some wonderful times together as a family, from Christmases to summer barbecues,” explains Dettori.
The property is situated in the fashionable village of Stetchworth, three miles from Newmarket, the home of British racing. Like Lambourn in Berkshire, the village is positively stiff with horsey types who look as if they have just dismounted from a mettlesome thoroughbred after a pre-breakfast gallop.
You can hardly walk into the village shop without bumping into someone who has been Champion Jockey – Ryan Moore is another local – or saddled a Derby winner. Matters equine seem to dominate every conversation. If you want a tip for the 4.20 at Uttoxeter, you just have to hang out at the village pub, the Marquis of Granby, where you will meet someone who knows someone. It is a friendly community, bound together by the same passion.
Dettori’s most famous neighbour, appropriately,