Tuesday 23 January 2018

No decision yet on Cracksman jockey

Jockey Frankie Dettori is still on the sidelines. Photo: PA
Jockey Frankie Dettori is still on the sidelines. Photo: PA

Thomas Kelly

Connections of Cracksman are on the lookout for a jockey for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on Saturday.

With Frankie Dettori still on the sidelines, the plum ride aboard the John Gosden-trained son of Frankel is up for grabs.

Olivier Peslier has not been approached yet, according to his agent, while Michael Haggas, the representative of James Doyle and William Buick, said he expects the two riders to be in action at Newmarket on Saturday.

Cracksman's unbeaten record came to an end in the Investec Derby, but he lost little in defeat when beaten a length in third, faring best of those runners who raced close to the pace.

Owner Anthony Oppenheimer is hoping the colt will fly the flag for Britain "with distinction" in an international renewal of a race which Gosden won two years ago with Jack Hobbs.

With Epsom hero Wings Of Eagles and French Derby runner-up Waldgeist lying in wait, a cracking race looks in store. "The Derby form was given a few boosts at Ascot with Permian and Benbatl winning at Royal Ascot, which is always nice to see, and also the French form looks very good this year," said Oppenheimer.

Godolphin still have numerous options before today's forfeit stage. They include the likes of Best Of Days and Best Solution, who both ran at Ascot, but there are also no plans to supplement Dubai Thunder, who finished down the field at Epsom.

Meanwhile, Ballinrobe stages its first Flat meeting of the year today when the €26,000 Treacy's Pharmacies Irish EBF Fillies Handicap takes centre stage.

Handicap specialist Tony Martin will be hopeful of scoring with dual Dundalk winner Creeping Ivy.

Oisin Orr takes off a valuable 5lb on the daughter of Mustameet and she has solid claims along with fellow jumpers Water Sprite, for trainer Gordon Elliott, and the Charles Byrnes-trained Denham Sound, a hurdles winner at Wexford latest.

Willie Mullins has two runners at the meeting; She's So Flawless makes her debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, while High Haven tackles the concluding Brendan McNulty Memorial Maiden having lost her maiden race in the stewards' room at the Currragh earlier this month.

The daughter of High Chaparral was first past the post over a mile and a half and looks primed for compensation over a furlong further.

On his best form, the Robbie McNamara-trained Tenth Amendment will take the beating in the opener.

Irish Independent

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