And they're off! Frankie Dettori and his family hit the beach at a gallop

Champion jockey Frankie Dettori and his family swopped rain-drenched December in the UK for some fun in the winter sun.

The 38-year-old Derby winner messed about with his wife Catherine and their five children, Leo, Ella Mia, Tallulah and Rocco on the shores of Mauritius.

When not splashing in the sea or building sand castles their youngsters were having a playful swing on a hammock.

At one point Catherine hopped on Frankie's back and they raced down to the surf after having had a hug and a kiss.

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Close: Frankie Dettori with his wife, Catherine enjoy a cuddle on the beach in Mauritius

Galloping towards the Indian Ocean, Mr and Mrs Dettori

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While mum and dad enjoy each other's company their children go about the important task of building sand castles

They were both dressed in white with him wearing long, Bermuda-style shorts and his trim, 34-year-old wife in a bikini. Later, Frankie switched to wearing black swimming trunks.

On his right shoulder five tattooed stars could be seen and a tattoo declaring Italia. Frankie was born in Milan and is the son of a Sardinian jockey.

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