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Verrazano can eclipse Frankie

By Richard Forristal

Ballydoyle's American import Verrazano will spearhead a potent three-pronged Irish assault – along with War Command and Trading Leather – in a mouth-watering edition of the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown tomorrow.

Frankie Dettori gets a surprise call to replace Andrea Atzeni aboard the Derby runner-up Kingston Hill.

Atzeni has ridden the Roger Varian-trained Group One-winning colt in each of its five career starts, but his retainer Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum has claimed him to ride at Haydock instead.

Varian has second call on Atzeni's services and Al Maktoum has cut him some slack to allow him to ride Kingston Hill in the past, but this time he has pulled rank for Luca Cumani's hat-trick-seeking Roseburg in a handicap that starts an hour and 25 minutes after the Eclipse.

Atzeni said: "When you have a retainer there's always a risk of something like this happening.

"It's a shame, obviously, but it's one of those things. I'll be cheering Kingston on, though, make no mistake. I'm happy Frankie rides him."

Former top jockey Graham Bradley and trainer Brendan Powell are to face a British Horseracing Authority (BHA) disciplinary hearing.

It is alleged Powell ran horses in his name when they were trained by Bradley, who is not a licensed trainer.

Bradley was banned for five years until 2007 after he admitted passing on inside information.

He submitted an application, which has yet to be considered, for a training licence in May 2013.

Tony McCoy missed his four scheduled rides at Perth yesterday due to a horrific fall on Wednesday but will return at Market Rasen when jumps racing resumes on Sunday.

The prolific Ulsterman, closing in on an unprecedented 20th successive champion jockey title, was fired to the turf by Flemenson at Worcester, but amazingingly won the very next race – the second leg of a double – on Full Throttle.

However, he gave up his two remaining rides on the card.

"He's having a day off. He's a bit sore," said McCoy's agent Dave Roberts.

Racing chiefs last night moved to prevent a repeat of the Stewards' Cup row by calling for all heritage handicaps to retain their original name in the title regardless of sponsorship deals.

The Stewards' Cup, run on the final day of Glorious Goodwood early next month and re-named the 32Red Cup this year, could be elevated to the same status of protection as Pattern races, according to the British Horseracing Authority.

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