Sunday 4 December 2016

Frankie Dettori booked in for Christophermarlowe ride

Published 21/04/2015 | 13:01

Frankie Dettori
Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori dons the famous Michael Tabor silks on Wednesday as he partners John Gosden's unbeaten Christophermarlowe in the Investec Derby Trial at Epsom.

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Named after a playwright and poet from the 16th Century, the $200,000 colt is by the American sire Tapit and already has a win on the Downs to his name.

Tabor owns the three-year-old in partnership with Gosden's wife, Rachel Hood, and he is currently around 25-1 for the Derby itself.

Saeed bin Suroor is represented by Future Empire, beaten by the narrowest of margins in the Solario Stakes by Aktabantay and then a beaten favourite when third in the Autumn Stakes.

Marco Botti runs Sharp Sailor, one of the more experienced runners in the five-runner field.

"Sharp Sailor is rated 93 and has been a consistent horse," said Botti.

"He finished last season in a Listed race at Pontefract but the ground had gone for him by that stage - it was too soft and he didn't handle it.

"He is in good form at present and goes into Wednesday race-fit as he has already had a run. We decided to go to Epsom Downs as he is a very well-balanced horse and I think he will handle the course. The ground will also be in his favour.

"It looks a tough race - John Gosden's horse could be anything and the Godolphin horse is rated 100.

"I think Sharp Sailor should run a good race and the step up in trip and small field should be in his favour."

Andrew Balding runs Dance Of Fire and Pat Shanahan sends over the once-raced Carbon Dating from Ireland.

Also on the card is the £50,000 Investec City And Suburban Handicap, with Mark Johnston's Fire Fighting topping the weights.

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