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Dettori’s farewell looms at Derby amid protest threat


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From the battle for favouritism to the ‘Farewell Frankie factor’ and a risk of protests, Saturday’s Derby should be eventful

Sixteen colts are still in the running for the Derby at Epsom on Saturday after Passenger, third home after a tricky passage in the Dante Stakes at York this month, was added to the field at a cost of £85,000 at the five-day declaration stage on Monday morning.

The question of which of them will set off as favourite, however, may not be resolved until the off-time of 1.30pm, as four horses – Military Order, Auguste Rodin, Passenger and Arrest – are currently priced between 7-2 and 6-1, with Arrest in particular likely to attract support on the day as he will be Frankie Dettori’s final ride in the Classic.

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