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Frankie's Golden ticket for another shot at Derby glory

By Frank Brownlow

Published 23/05/2015

Storm force: Ulster jockey Pat Cosgrave and Storm The Stars after winning the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood
Storm force: Ulster jockey Pat Cosgrave and Storm The Stars after winning the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood

Frankie Dettori is relishing his big opportunity on Golden Horn in next month's Investec Derby at Epsom.

Dettori has been confirmed for the ride by Golden Horn's owner Anthony Oppenheimer who has agreed to pay the £75,000 fee to supplement the horse to the June 6 Classic.

Dettori's only previous Derby win came on Authorized in 2007.

"Of course I'm excited," Dettori said.

"He was a good winner of the Dante and he's a worthy (2-1) favourite for the Derby.

"It brings back those memories of 2007 when I didn't sleep for two weeks, so you can imagine how I feel right now."

Ulster jockey Pat Cosgrave steered Storm The Stars to victory in the Goodwood feature, the Cocked Hat Stakes.

Storm The Stars emerged as a potential Classic contender after a fine front-running display in the £40,000 showpiece.

The William Haggas-trained three-year-old was a 3-1 chance off the back of filling the runner-up spot in the Chester Vase and was soon bowling along at the head of affairs under the Banbridge rider.

Storm The Stars remained in pole position rounding the home turn and although Saeed bin Suroor's 11-8 favourite Best Of Times looked to have every chance of landing a four-timer, the leader showed admirable resolution to see him off by a length and a half.

Coral cut Storm The Stars to 25-1 from 40-1 for the Derby, but he is by no means certain to turn up at Epsom.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager for owner Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum, said: "We're very pleased as he's learning with each race and getting better with racing.

"He stays well and hopefully he has a good future.

"Whether he goes for the Derby will be up to the owner, but I think he's a horse who will be better later in the year."

The trainer's wife Maureen Haggas also hinted a trip to Epsom might not be on the agenda.

"He's still a baby and wants plenty of time," she said.

"It might be that he's more of a Leger horse but let's wait and see."

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