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Gosden seeking Dettori replacement for Cracksman's Irish Derby bid

 

By 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.

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," said Oppenheimer.

Godolphin still have numerous options before today's forfeit stage, including the likes of Best Of Days and Best Solution.

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 Creeping Ivy. She has solid claims along with fellow jumpers Water Sprite, for trainer Gordon Elliott, and the Charles Byrnes-trained Denham Sound.

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