Frankie Dettori Horse Racing
Features of Frankie Dettori Horse Racing
- Highly detailed horses with motion
captured animation for horses and riders.
- 20 photo-real race courses from around the
world, including licensed real-world courses such as Flemington, Classic
Caulfield and Ascot
- Cinematic replay system
- Full race commentary audio, featuring
- Play the game as any combination of owner,
jockey and punter (betting enthusiast)
- Multiple game modes including Single Race,
Jockey Championship, simulated Betting Party, Simulation Mode and Season Mode
- Up to 8 player multi-player Betting Party,
on the same machine
- Online multiplayer for Jockey Championship
and Betting Party
game feature motion-captured horses?
Yes. The motion capture was
recorded in a huge warehouse by Weta Digital, the special effects wizards
behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong.
the difference between Melbourne Cup Challenge and Frankie Dettori
Melbourne Cup Challenge is the name of the game in
Australasian territories. Frankie Dettori Racing is the name of the game in
When the game starts you will be asked to select your
territory, and from then on you will play the game as MCC or FDR as you
The order in which tracks are unlocked differs between the two
modes, with European tracks being available earlier in Frankie Dettori Racing,
and Australian tracks available earlier in Melbourne Cup Challenge.
playing as Frankie Dettori Racing then the season mode will use the
northern-hemisphere racing calendar. If playing as Melbourne Cup Challenge, the
season mode will use the southern-hemisphere racing calendar.
features and all unlockable content are available in both game types.
Does Melbourne Cup Challenge feature real races?
races such as the Melbourne Cup, the Golden Slipper, and the Cox Plate are
incorporated in to the racing calendar of season mode.
are the features of Season Mode?
Day by day, week by week, season by season progression
Win races to
earn money, trophies and to qualify for other races
Use cash to hire new
staff, improve your facilities, buy new horses and place simulated
Breed from your horses:
Send your mares to be covered, or raise funds by using your top stallions as
Breeding will combine attributes from both horses to create a new
and fire jockeys. The better your jockeys the more races your horses will win
Hire and fire trainers. The better your trainers, the more of your
horses’ potential will be used
Hire and fire betting managers.
Betting managers can place simulated bets on all races, even the ones you
don’t attend. But how good they are will dictate whether you see
ever-increasing winnings or plummeting losses
Expand your stables. The
bigger the stables, the more horses you can own – the more horses you own
the more races you can win!
What simulated betting options
are in the game?
Frankie Dettori Racing allows you to place
multiple simulated bet types on any and all races in a race meet.
bets - Win or Place
Accumulator bets - Double or Treble
bets - Trixie, Patent, Yankee etc.
Forecast bets - Quinella, Exacta,
Trifecta, Superfecta etc.
Can I create my own
You can create your own horse for use in simulation mode or
You can alter the horse’s name, age, colour,
markings and performance statistics.
In season mode you have to buy
any horses you create, so if you create one with perfect stats it’s going
to be pretty expensive!
Does it feature licensed horses and
It does not feature licensed horses, but real world
horses can be recreated in the horse editor for use in Season mode and
Frankie Dettori is the only licensed jockey in the
Can I customise my jockey?
customise your jockey’s silks and facial appearance.
it a simulation or an arcade game?
Melbourne Cup Challenge is a
combination of simulation and arcade game.
Visually and aurally the game is
as accurate as possible; from the photo-realistic stadiums (based on real-world
licensed tracks); to the motion captured horse and jockey animation; to the
full audio race commentary (by professional commentator Matthew Hill),
everything has been designed to suck the player in to a truly believable horse
But playability is key. Everything from the interface to
the in race controls is designed to be easily accessible and understandable
even to novice horse racing fans, whilst still providing depth in season mode
and in the harder race challenges that will require skill and tactics even from
horse racing veterans.
I recreate classic races?
Yes. using the season mode you can
create horses that represent the appearance and performance of real world
horses, and then pitch them against each other.
This allows you to
recreate classic races, and also to create fantasy races. If you want to see
whether Makybe Diva would beat Pharlap in the Melbourne Cup; simply create
horses that have the performance characteristics of those real horses and pitch
them against each other in a 3200m race at Flemington.
there different weather conditions?
All tracks can be played in
fine or overcast conditions. The goings of the track surface will also
How does the audio commentary work?
our custom commentary engine, we splice together thousands of individual
samples (all recorded by professional horse racing commentator, Matthew Hill)
to create a dynamic race commentary that reflects the current state and
excitement of the race being viewed.
Commentary is available in all
race modes, whether you are watching a race or racing in it yourself.
If I name my own horse, what will the commentary say?
have recorded over 1200 words for horse names that combine to make over 300,000
possible horse names that can be spoken by the commentary.
name your horse from any of the possible provided names then the commentary
will use the correct name. If your horse has another name then the commentary
will refer to it by its saddlecloth number.
How does Jockey Championship
Each track has 3 Jockey Championships; Easy, Medium and Hard
These championships consist of a number of races (4, 6 or 8 depending on
difficulty) in the same day at the same track.
Points are awarded to
the jockey’s in each race based on their finishing position, with bonus
points being awarded for finishing well with a low-ranked horse.
the end of the race meet trophies are awarded to the 3 jockeys that finish on
How does Betting Party work?
party lets up to 8 players make simulated bets on races in a race meet with any
of the available simulated bet types.
Simulated bets can be placed
before each race. The races can be watched with full commentary and cinematic
presentation or you can jump straight to the results for the impatient!
Players start with a set amount of cash each. The player with the largest
capital at the end of the race meet wins the betting party.
Can I watch events that my horses aren't competing in?
- you can even bet on the horses which are running. But you don't have to - you
can just skip to events that you are actually competing in.
horses tire after racing or can you race them multiple times with no side
Horses accumulate fatigue for every race, which reduces
over time. Fatigue affects in race performance. Training can help accelerate
the reduction of fatigue.
You can run your horse as often as you like,
but fatigue will become a factor very quickly.
licensed tracks are included?
Randwick, Flemington, Caulfield,
Rosehill Gardens, Moonee Valley, Canterbury Park and Warwick Farm are all
available, along with thirteen other tracks (for a total of twenty tracks) for
your racing pleasure.
licensed race events are included?
Here's a list of just some of
the races included
AAMI Victoria Derby
The Melbourne Cup
The Cox Plate
BMW Caulfield Cup
Chipping Norton Stakes
Royal Sovereign Stakes
Dubai Rosehill Guineas
The Golden Slipper
Queen Anne Stakes
Prince of Wales's Stakes
The Gold Cup
The King George
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
What sort of computer will I need to play on PC?
Minimum System requirements
32MB 3D DirectX 8.1a compatible accelerated video card
DirectX 8.1a compatible Sound Card
1850MB of Hard Drive Space
98SE, 2000*, XP*
*With latest service pack
Recommended System requirements
64MB 3D DirectX 8.1a compatible Texture & Lighting video card
DirectX 8.1a compatible Sound Card
1850MB of Hard Drive Space
98SE, 2000*, XP*
24x CDROM drive
latest service pack
What do I need to play online?
You will need:
A copy of the game
A networked PS2 / Xbox
console (or computer - to match the copy of the game you have)
broadband internet connection
What sort of internet
connection will I need to play online?
To play online you
will need a broadband connection, with a minimum of 128Kbps bandwidth (both
ways). To host games with up to 8 players, you will need a minimum of 256Kbps
bandwidth (both ways).
Additionally, online multiplayer
games work best with low latency (the time it takes to get a message from your
computer or console over the internet to other players in your game and back
again), so satellite-based and some radio-based connection types aren't
suitable. In most cases Cable and ADSL-based connections are normally
Suitable for Windows