Dettori green light for Derby favourite Authorized

Last updated at 21:10 18 May 2007

Frankie Dettori expressed delight at being allowed to ride hot favourite

Authorized in the Vodafone Derby.

The Italian, seeking an elusive first success in the world's premier Classic,

has been released by Sheikh Mohammed from his Godolphin duties to continue his

association with Peter Chapple-Hyam's colt at Epsom on June 2.

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"It's very kind of his Highness (Sheikh Mohammed) to let me off," said


"Of course I'm very pleased, but it's going to be a long two weeks."

Godolphin, however, still have three of the 22 horses - Eastern Anthem, Jalil

and Mythical Kid - left in the Derby at the second forfeit stage.

"At the moment we don't have a strong contender and after talking to Sheikh

Mohammed last night he was very aware of that situation and he thought it was

the sporting and right thing to do to let him (Dettori) ride the favourite,"

said Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford.

"Hopefully we will have a runner but I can't say for sure just yet. We'll have

to see what the next 10 days bring and see where we are.

"We always operate with a degree of flexibility, hence Kerrin McEvoy riding a

lot for Sir Michael Stoute this week.

"At the moment we are not that busy but when we do get busy we will need full

support from our team of jockeys.

"So we wish Frankie good luck as long as he doesn't beat us a short head!"

Crisford told Racing UK.

Dettori has successfully ridden Authorized in the Group One Racing Post Trophy

and also in Thursday's Dante Stakes at York, in which he

strengthened his place at the head of the Derby market.

"We would like to extend our thanks to Sheikh Mohammed for allowing this,"

added Chapple-Hyam.

"It is a sporting and kind gesture by Sheikh Mohammed and we are very grateful

to him."

The colt is reported to be in tip-top shape following his four-length romp over

Raincoat in the Group Two contest on the Knavesmire.

"I was thrilled with the horse's performance," the Newmarket handler told

"It was a great day and we hope there are more to come with him.

"He seems fine after his race - good as gold. There are no problems at all

with him."

The rest of Authorized's connections are also eagerly awaiting Derby day.

"He did it very impressively. There's still better to come from him - he

needed the race," said Tony Nerses, racing manager to owners Saleh Al Homaizi

and Imad Al Sagar.

"We are very excited. He is the worthy favourite for the Derby now.

"He showed he has trained on and he's everything you want a horse to be.

"We never doubted him. I backed him at 66-1 for the Derby before he had seen a

racecourse. From what he had shown on the gallops we had faith in him.

"He's fine and has come out of the race well. We are very pleased with the way

he has taken the race.

"Barring accidents we are all set to go to Epsom now."

Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien is responsible for nine of the remaining entries as

he bids for a third Derby triumph after Galileo (2001) and High Chaparral


The Ballydoyle maestro's possibles are headed by Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial

winner Archipenko, Chester Vase victor Soldier Of Fortune and Admiralofthefleet,

successful in the Dee Stakes.

His party is completed by Acapulco, Anton Chekhov, Chinese Whisper, Eagle

Mountain, Mahler and Yellowstone.

Others standing their ground include Lingfield Derby Trial scorer Aqaleem,

David Elsworth's Salford Mill and Strategic Prince from Paul Cole's stable.

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