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Ulster rider Pat Cosgrave bounces back for Derby bid

By Frank Brownlow

Ulster jockey Pat Cosgrave has spoken of his delight at his turnaround in fortunes which will climax with a first ever ride in the Epsom Derby.

Cosgrave has been rewarded for last month's big-race victory on Derby hopeful Storm The Stars with his first shot at the £1.4million showpiece.

Storm The Stars - son of the great Sea The Stars, the 2009 Derby winner - won last month's Listed Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood with Cosgrave aboard and is 16-1 in places for tomorrow's Epsom Classic.

The Derby ride on Storm The Stars is the culmination of what has been a tough few months for the Banbridge rider, who broke his leg on March 18.

Just under six weeks later he was back in the saddle.

"How things have changed," Cosgrave said.

"Sometimes things happen for a reason. I kept riding through the winter on the all-weather and had ridden something like 20 winners before I broke my leg.

"I did not take it very well. I couldn't believe it. Next year on March 18, I think I'll stay in bed!

"This time last year if you had told me I would have broken my leg, ridden 40 winners by June and been given my first ride in the Derby, I would have said you were mad.

"Racing is a crazy, mad, but brilliant game. It can lift you, and bring you back down to earth. You've got to take racing day by day."

Golden Horn, with Frankie Dettori in the saddle, is 7-4 favourite for tomorrow's showdown.

Dettori will today attempt to land the first leg of what would be a superb double when he rides Jazzi Top in the Oaks.

Dettori chose Jazzi Top instead of her shorter-priced John Gosden stablemate Star Of Seville.

"It was a juggling act and I have probably got it completely wrong but that is what I am doing," Dettori said.

"Both fillies have stamina question marks. Star of Seville is also a bit quirky and Jazzi Top's style of racing will suit Epsom."



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