Saturday 18 January 2020

Dettori snapped up for cornerstone in French Derby

Frankie Dettori
Frankie Dettori

FRANKIE DETTORI has been snapped up by Tyrone handler Andy Oliver to ride First Cornerstone in Sunday's French Derby at Chantilly, WRITES RICHARD FORRISTAL.

Unspecified medical issues delayed the Italian's return from a six-month ban after he tested positive for cocaine use, but the French authorities have revealed that he has now received the all-clear.

Oliver, who was delighted with First Cornerstone's re-appearance fifth under regular rider Chris Hayes in the Irish 2,000 Guineas last Saturday, said of the Dettori booking: "He's a world-class jockey who has ridden all over the world. The owner came up with the idea and, hopefully, it will all work out."

While Dettori (right) is unlikely to secure a Derby mount at Epsom tomorrow, he has been pencilled in for two mounts at the track this afternoon.

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