Ireland’s Champion Flat Jockey, Pat Smullen, will ride Khalidi in the Investec Derby on Saturday as the jockey attempts to become an Epsom hero for the second year in a row.
Smullen won Britain’s premier Classic last June aboard Harzand for Dermot Weld and will try to repeat the feat with the John Gosden-trained Khalidi. His mount was supplemented for the race when he won the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood.
The jockey told the Irish Times: “He broke the track record at Goodwood and they’ve paid a lot of money to supplement him so they must be happy with him. It looks an open year and worth taking a shot. It’s about whatever steps up on the day. It will be a big field and a hassle-free run through the race will be a big help.”