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The Derby preview: Frankie fever can take over at Epsom
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Enda McElhinney
Frankie Dettori is hoping for a perfect Derby send-off on board Arrest on Saturday
Frankie Dettori is hoping for a perfect Derby send-off on board Arrest on Saturday

- Frankie Dettori has won the race twice before
- Recommended bets:
- Selection: Arrest @ 11/2
- Each-way contender: White Birch @ 14/1

It's Derby Day at Epsom on Saturday afternoon as the most important race in the Flat season acts as a precursor to the FA Cup Final's own derby collision at Wembley.

One man will be centre stage at Epsom when big race goes off at 1.30pm, with veteran jockey Frankie Dettori set to take part for the final time before he retires at the end of the season.

Our racing expert has picked out a couple of contenders to consider for the big race at Epsom, which goes off at 1.30pm on Saturday evening, with LiveScore Bet paying the first FOUR places in The Derby.

Hard to have faith in Auguste Rodin

Aidan O'Brien has won The Derby more times than any other trainer and Auguste Rodin is favourite to give the Irishman his ninth success.

An outstanding 2YO last season, the Deep Impact colt was favourite last month for the Guineas at Newmarket too, but ran a stinker, despite the rain-softened ground being a positive for him.

Once more, the noises emanating from Ballydoyle have been positive ahead of Epsom and it's entirely plausible that Auguste Rodin will rebound, with this extended trip always likely to have been a plus for him.

But there's a lingering doubt after Newmarket and, therefore, as favourite he looks one to take on.

Frankie can land perfect Derby farewell

Frankie Dettori has been racing's box office attraction for nearly three decades now and the veteran Italian has decided that 2023 will be his final year in the saddle.

The 'Frankie Farewell Tour' is in full swing and he showed last month with a power-packed 2000 Guineas win on Chaldean that it is not a mere sideshow he's running.

Soon after he won the Chester Vase by a wide margin on ARREST for John & Thady Gosden and the Frankel colt looks very much up to the task of ensuring Dettori's final Epsom Classic will be a winning one.

That Chester win was on soft going, but he's a winner on good to firm as well and should be at his ease on the forecast surface at Epsom.

His stamina looks assured and he's already had a racecourse workout at Epsom which could prove invaluable in helping him overcome the run around Tattenham Corner and the famous Epsom camber.

Dettori will be dreaming of adding to the wins he enjoyed on Authorized (2007) and Golden Horn (2015) and the eight-year cycle may repeat itself.

White Birch (left) is expected to impress in the Epsom showpiece on Saturday
White Birch (left) is expected to impress in the Epsom showpiece on Saturday

White Birch in the mix after Dante second

Dettori is sure to be housewives' choice given his profile and status, but another popular pick will be WHITE BIRCH for Irish trainer John Murphy.

Second in the Dante at York last month, he would be the first grey to win this Epsom contest in 77 years if he can go one better.

That Knavesmire run was far from smooth, as he was slowly away and had to come from last to challenge in relative isolation for much of the home straight. The Foxes, in contrast, had a perfect trip amongst rivals before holding on for a neck victory.

The manner in which White Birch was finishing suggests the Ulysses colt will relish the extra distance and he could be a big runner for Murphy and Ireland's champion jockey Colin Keane.

The Foxes is in the equation too, as is luckless Dante third Passenger for iconic trainer Sir Michael Stoute.

You can also throw in impressive Lingfield Trial winner Military Order for Charlie Appleby, seeking his third Derby win in six years.

Leopardstown scorer Sprewell will bid to give Jessica Harrington an emotional win after she battled cancer in recent times and Dubai Mile – fifth in Guineas at Newmarket and the apple of Charlie Johnston's eye – is also a contender in an Epsom Derby where anything looks possible.

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