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Frankie Dettori delighted with Hazapour Derby call

23 May 2018

Jockey says it will be great honour to ride for Aga Khan in premier Classic at Epsom.

Golden Horn Derby

Dettori celebrates winning the Derby on Golden Horn in 2015. Picture:

Frankie Dettori has described the call to ride Hazapour in the Investec Derby at Epsom for owner the Aga Khan and trainer Dermot Weld as a “great honour”.

Dettori has won the world’s premier Classic twice, with Authorized in 2007 and Golden Horn in 2015, with Weld’s sole success coming through Harzand just two years ago.

Harzand was the latest of the Aga Khan’s five winners in the QIPCO British Champions Series feature, going back to Shergar in 1981.

“It’s a great honour to ride for the Aga Khan,” Dettori said. “He is steeped in history with the race and has so many good memories.”

Hazapour’s victory in the Group Three Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial secured him a place in the Derby line-up.

He is from the same family as Harzand and Dettori said: “He is a nice horse coming into the race and he put in a good performance in the Derby Trial at Leopardstown.”

Weld is currently without the services of stable jockey Pat Smullen, who was diagnosed with a tumour in March.

“I’m very excited, but my thoughts go out to Pat Smullen. I’ve got the ride in unfortunate circumstances,” said Dettori. “I know Pat very well and he is a good friend of mine and we’ve been keeping in touch and I’m sure he will give me help about the horse.

“The Aga Khan’s breeding operation is steeped in history and this horse has got the right pedigree for it. The combination of Dermot Weld and the Aga Khan is amazing and the history they have in the Derby is amazing.

“I’m always delighted when I’m asked to ride a horse in the Derby, especially a horse with this kind of calibre.”