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Sceptical will have the aid of one of best jockeys of all time when he tackles the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot next Tuesday with Denis Hogan securing the services of Frankie Dettori for his top sprinter. (stock photo)

Sceptical will have the aid of one of best jockeys of all time when he tackles the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot next Tuesday with Denis Hogan securing the services of Frankie Dettori for his top sprinter. (stock photo)

Sceptical will have the aid of one of best jockeys of all time when he tackles the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot next Tuesday with Denis Hogan securing the services of Frankie Dettori for his top sprinter. (stock photo)

Sceptical will have the aid of one of best jockeys of all time when he tackles the King's Stand at Royal Ascot next Tuesday with Denis Hogan securing the services of Frankie Dettori for his top sprinter.

With promising apprentice Joey Sheridan unable to keep the ride as 7lb claimers are not permitted to return in Britain until June 22, the decision was made for Hogan and owner James McAuley and they opted for one of the game's finest.

Hogan fielded several calls from jockeys making their case to land the plum ride since Sceptical's scintillating Listed success at Naas on Monday but connections opted for the flamboyant Italian rider.

Sceptical is 3/1 to complete the fairytale with success at the Royal meeting and Dettori's booking adds another chapter to the four-year-old's remarkable story having been purchased from Godolphin for just £2,800 last August.

Irish Independent