Sunday 23 April 2017

Frankie Dettori booked in for Christophermarlowe ride

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.

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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