Frankie Dettori has been booked to ride Piz Badile in the Cazoo Derby at Epsom next month.
The Ulysses colt has been kept fresh for the premier Classic since winning the Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown in early April, with trainer Donnacha O’Brien ultimately deciding against a return to the Foxrock venue for the Derby Trial won by Stone Age.
Gavin Ryan, champion apprentice in Ireland in 2020, has been on board Piz Badile for each of his three starts to date, but will be replaced by Dettori on June 4.
The popular Italian famously won the Derby at the 15th attempt on board Authorized in 2007 and doubled his tally with Golden Horn in 2015.
Alan Cooper, racing manager to Piz Badile’s owners the Niarchos Family, said: “Frankie is going to ride at Epsom.
“The horse is in good form. We’ve got another just under three weeks to go, so hopefully he stays in good form between now and then.
“I think Donnacha is very happy with his horse and the decision was made not to go to the Derrinstown (Derby Trial), which would have been the horse’s third trip to Leopardstown.
“I’m in regular contact with Donnacha and he’s delighted with his horse. They all need luck in running and we’ll go from there.”
Connections of Ballysax Stakes scorer Piz Badile are still weighing up options ahead of a tilt at the Cazoo Derby.
Owned by the Niarchos family, the Donnacha O’Brien-trained son of Ulysses has won two of this three starts and impressed on his seasonal debut, showing plenty of determination to land the 10-furlong Group Three event at Leopardstown earlier this month.
He is still on course for the mile-and-a-half Epsom Classic – for which he is a general 20-1 chance – with options prior to that fluid, according to the owners’ racing manager, Alan Cooper, although what was the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial was mentioned immediately after his Ballysax win.
He said: “Piz Badile is on course for the Derby and Donnacha is plotting out the best way to get there. I’m not even going to say yes or no to whether he will have a trial or not.
“He is very well and pleasing Donnacha, and he will plot the best way to get him to Epsom.
“I don’t want to speculate what race he will or won’t go for, but all is well and he is going to Epsom.”
Meanwhile, fast-improving four-year-old Tyrrhenian Sea has raced exclusively on the all-weather since making his debut in December and carried the family’s colours under the Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd name when runner-up to Living Legend in the Easter Classic at Newcastle, having travelled like the winner for a long way.
The Roger Varian-trained Dark Angel gelding won his first three outings at Newcastle over a mile before suffering two defeats over 10 furlongs and will now revert back in distance for his next run.
Cooper said: “We haven’t discussed plans with Roger yet where he will go.
“What we will do is drop him back to the mile. We thought it was the trip that caught him out the other day.
“We had a slight question mark but thought we should go for it, but when we next see him it will be over a mile.”
After a debut win at Leicester in September, New Dimension was odds-on to make a winning start to his three-year-old campaign at Nottingham on Tuesday, but failed to concede 7lb and was beaten a neck by Marsoul.
The Ulysses colt, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, will improve for the outing, according to Cooper.
He said: “The idea of going to that race was to bring him forward so we will need a few more days to mull over where we go next.
“We will see what Sir Michael will want to do in the next couple of weeks. There is no pressure on the horse and there are lots of options.
“We very much hope he is one for the future. He won nicely last year and the race didn’t go according to plan the other day.
“He was a bit pernickety at the start and he was a little green. It was a race that would have done him a lot of good. Mentally it would have helped him.”
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Piz Badile is on course for Epsom after showing admirable resolution to land the P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes for Donnacha O’Brien at Leopardstown.
After Vina Sena and Bluegrass had dropped away, it looked like the Joseph O’Brien-trained Buckaroo was going to be an emphatic winner once engaging top gear on the outside.
But as he got to Piz Badile and edged past, Gavin Ryan’s mount fought back on the inside and was back in front by a short head at the line.
Duke De Sesa, the 100-30 favourite who had beaten Piz Badile in the Eyrefield Stakes here in October, was three and three-quarter lengths back in third.
“He’s always been a beautiful horse and he’s matured well over the winter,” said O’Brien.
“It was a lovely performance and it’s nice to see him able to quicken like that because I know he stays well.
“He’s going to be better when he goes a mile and a half, but I think the fact that he can quicken means he’s got a bit of class.”
He added: “The plan has been here, Derrinstown (Derby Trial) and then Epsom. Obviously everything has to go right back here the next day, but that’s been the plan for a while and that’s what we’ll stick to.
“He’ll be fine on any ground, I’d have no problems with soft ground and no problems with good ground. He’s very versatile.”
Betfair make Piz Badile a 14-1 chance for the Cazoo Derby, with Buckaroo available at 25-1.
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