Frankie Dettori will partner Donnacha O’Brien-trained Piz Badile in next month’s English derby as the flamboyant Italian rider battles for a third win at the Epsom showpiece.
ettori landed the biggest prize in British Flat Racing on the 15th attempt when Authorized scored in 2007 before doubling his tally over Golden Horn eight years later and now the 51-year-old has another live chance aboard the exciting Piz Badile.
The Ulysses colt has just three starts to his tally, but in early April he won the game in the Group 3 Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown, with that form receiving a significant boost in the meantime as second and stablemate Buckaroo has come on in impressive fashion ever since Listed event landed at the Curragh.
Piz Badile is now just 8/1 for the €1.75m classic on June 4 after Dettori was snapped up by his owners – the Niarchos family – with 2020 Irish Champion Apprentice Gavin Ryan holding the two-time winner had ridden on both of his starts before the one who loses.
“I got the call and he’s a very exciting horse,” said Dettori, eyeing an Epsom hat-trick.
“He comes into the derby with a good profile and is a great driver. I’m looking forward to sitting on him, maybe sometime next week, and then all roads lead to Epsom.”
While his father Aidan has won the Derby a record eight times, this is the younger O’Brien’s first runner to continue learning his craft as a coach, having started when he was just 21 when the two-time Irish champion forced flat-riders was forced to leave the saddle due to an ongoing struggle with the scales.
Meanwhile, Fozzy Stack keeps an eye on it with Hermana Estrella in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at this Sunday’s Curragh after the plan to lead the Starspangledbanner filly at the French equivalent at Longchamp last weekend due to a change in running in hot weather Paris was cancelled.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/horse-racing/donnacha-obrien-snaps-up-frankie-dettori-for-derby-41656398.html Donnacha O’Brien grabs Frankie Dettori for Derby