Frankie Dettori banking on Aidan O’Brien for Derby after Too Darn Hot misses Epsom Classic
- The jockey had hoped to be on John Gosden-trained Too Darn Hot in Derby
- But plans to run him at Epsom were scrapped after he was beaten at York
- Another possible Derby mount, Private Secretary, runs instead at Goodwood
Published: 21:59 BST, 23 May 2019 | Updated: 22:02 BST, 23 May 2019
Frankie Dettori’s hopes of landing a 24th Derby ride at Epsom on June 1 look like hinging on a helping hand from trainer Aidan O’Brien.
The 48-year-old Italian had hoped to be on John Gosden-trained Too Darn Hot in the season’s premier Classic, but plans to run him at Epsom were scrapped after he was beaten in the Dante Stakes at York last week. He will now be ridden by Dettori in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday.
Another possible Dettori Derby mount, Private Secretary, runs instead in the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood on Friday as a stepping stone to the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Frankie Dettori hopes Aidan O’Brien will offer him up for one of his seven possible starters
With options running out, Dettori will be hoping his two previous Derby wins will prompt O’Brien to call him up for one of his seven possible starters. Dettori also won the 2005 St Leger on O’Brien’s Scorpion.
Speaking at Sandown on Thursday night, where he won the Heron Stakes on 9-4 favourite King of Comedy, Dettori said: ‘Aidan knows I am free — it’s up to him now.’
Too Darn Hot is among 14 declarations for a red-hot Irish 2,000 Guineas headed by O’Brien’s Magna Grecia, winner of the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.
Trainer Charlie Hills, who won last night’s National Stakes at Sandown with Royal Ascot-bound Flippa The Strippa, runs Phoenix of Spain.
Mark Johnston’s Dee Ex Bee is 7-1 for the Ascot Gold Cup after underlining his staying credentials by taking the Henry II Stakes.