Jockey Frankie Dettori has abandoned plans to retire later this year and will continue his career in the United States.

The 52-year-old, who has ridden more than 3,300 winners, will move to California and plans to ride at Santa Anita this winter.

He still plans to say farewell to British racing, where he has ridden for some 37 years, at British Champions Day at Ascot on 21 October.

“I’ve still got the fire inside me that I want to do it a little bit more,” he told BBC Breakfast.

The three-time champion jockey had announced in December 2022 that this season would be his last, and rides in Melbourne and Hong Kong were expected to be his final ones after Ascot.

But the rider said his successes this year, which have included winning the 2,000 Guineas, the Oaks and Ebor during a farewell tour, had prompted a rethink.

“I don’t feel ready to let go yet. I’m going to spend some time in the USA and take it from there. I could be there three months or three years, I don’t know,” said the Italian-born jockey.

“It was a long, hard decision with myself and my wife. It’s a big decision to move to another country.”

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