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Frankie Dettori promises demolition Derby with flying Wings

By Frank Brownlow

Frankie Dettori has pledged to demolish the opposition ahead of one of the biggest weekend's of his glittering career.

Dettori is not going to let a fall get in the way of his bid to win the Investec Derby for a third time at Epsom on Saturday, while the Italian also fancies his chances in the Oaks tomorrow and in the French Derby at Chantilly on Sunday.

The 45-year-old rides Wings Of Desire in the Derby, Architecture in the Oaks and Foundation in the French Classic.

Dettori suffered a scare when taking a tumble from Magillen on slippery ground at Leicester on Tuesday, though he did bounce back to score at Lingfield's evening meeting.

A "few bumps and bruises" have done nothing to dampen Dettori's enthusiasm ahead of his date with destiny on Dante winner Wings Of Desire.

"A nasty fall won't stop my bid for Derby glory at Epsom," Dettori said.

"I slipped after the line at Leicester on Tuesday but despite a few bumps and bruises I'm raring to go for Epsom.

"I've got a slightly sore elbow, but there's no lasting damage and I'm not going to let a fall derail my bid for more Classic glory.

"I've got a good favourite's chance in the Derby and the forecast rain doesn't do us any harm.

"He'll definitely stay, and being out of Pivotal, any cut in the ground would be okay, too," added Dettori, chasing a Derby hat-trick after Golden Horn's win last year and Authorized's triumph in 2007.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien last night confirmed Ryan Moore will partner US Army Ranger in the £750,000 showpiece.

Coolmore's retained rider, who has won the Derby on Workforce and Ruler Of The World, will team up with Chester Vase winner US Army Ranger despite the colt's odds drifting out to 11-2 at the same time stablemate Deauville was cut to 8-1.

Jamie Spencer will ride Deauville in the big race.

Idaho will be ridden by Seamie Heffernan, with Colm O'Donoghue on Port Douglas.

The trainer's son Donnacha O'Brien will have his first Derby ride on Shogun.

O'Brien, who also revealed Moore will be on Bravery in Sunday's French Derby in which Black Sea could also line up, added: "A decision about Beacon Rock being declared for the Derby will be made in the morning. He may wait for the King Edward VII Stakes at Ascot."

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