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Dettori back in spotlight on Derby favorite Golden Horn

Dettori looks to cap return to form after career lull by winning English Derby on Golden Horn

Dettori back in spotlight on Derby favorite Golden Horn

The smile is back on one of the most famous faces in horse racing, and popular jockey Frankie Dettori can cap his return to form after a career lull by winning one of the world's top races on Saturday.

Dettori, the Italian jockey who is a household name in British racing, will ride favorite Golden Horn in the English Derby at Epsom as he goes in search of his first victory in a British flat-racing classic since 2011.

In those four years, Dettori lost his job with the Godolphin operation and was banned from the sport for six months after testing positive for drugs. However, the winners have returned in his new alliance with new employer Al Shaqab Racing and horse racing's most effervescent character is back in the spotlight.

"It's like a new lease of life," Dettori said in the run-up to the Derby, the richest and biggest flat race in Britain.

Al Shaqab has briefly released Dettori to ride for trainer John Gosden in Saturday's race, and he has been handed the most likely winner in Golden Horn -- an unbeaten colt who is 6-4 to win with some British bookmakers.

Dettori is riding in his first Derby for four years and the 20th of his career. He has won the 1?-mile race once -- in 2007 on Authorized and his last win in one of the five classics was on Blue Bunting in the 1,000 Guineas.

Golden Horn is making a step-up in distance, having only previously run a furthest of at 1? miles.

Dettori's re-emergence could dash Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien's chances of a record-extending fourth straight victory in the Derby, after Camelot (2012), Ruler of the World (2013) and Australia (2014).

O'Brien, the trainer for the Irish-based Coolmore operation, has runners in Hans Holbein, Kilimanjaro and also third-favorite Giovanni Canaletto, who will be ridden by Ryan Moore.

Jack Hobbs is second-favorite at 9-2 and another of Gosden's horses.

Zawraq was ruled out Thursday because of a minor setback in the week, leaving 12 horses in the race.

Updated : 2021-09-23 22:33 GMT+08:00