How has it come to this? Just a month ago, Frankie Dettori was the highest-paid jockey in the world, one of the most respected and admired of his profession.
Ascot has been generous to Frankie Dettori throughout his quarter-century in the saddle but the grand stage, the moment and the script have rarely combined with such sympathy as in the closing stages of Thursday's Gold Cup.
Epsom will miss the talent and showmanship of Frankie Dettori on Saturday, when he rides at Haydock rather than at the Derby meeting, but racegoers at this high-quality evening meeting enjoyed both to the full.
Frankie Dettori is no longer Godolphin's principal jockey.