Cracksman, the joint-favourite for Saturday’s Irish Derby, is in need of a jockey after the news that Frankie Dettori will remain on the sidelines for at least another fortnight. The Italian, who missed out on partnering five winners at Royal Ascot last week, has Brett Connolly Womens Jersey been told to take plenty of rest in the cause of mending the shoulder he broke in a pre-race fall at Yarmouth two weeks ago. Racing news and tips: James Fanshawe takes aim at Northumberland Plate Read more “I’m afraid he won’t be back until July-meeting week at the earliest,” Dettori’s manager, Peter Burrell, said. That means the 46-year-old will also miss the Eclipse at Sandown a week on Saturday. He has reportedly flown home to Sardinia in the hope that some sun will help speed his recovery. As a result Cracksman will definitely have a new jockey at The Curragh on Saturday. The son of Frankel has been partnered by Dettori in both his starts this year, including when beaten a length in the Derby, and was ridden once last year by Rab Havlin, who is currently banned by the French authorities. Cracksman’s connections, the trainer John Gosden and the owner Anthony Oppenheimer, were meeting at Gosden’s Clarehaven stables in Newmarket on Monday night to discuss a replacement for Dettori. Speculation has centred on Pat Smullen, who won last year’s Irish Derby on and also rode the 2004 winner, Grey Swallow. Smullen, who picked up three rides for Gosden during Royal Ascot, said he has no existing commitments to ride in Saturday’s Classic, so he would at least be free if Gosden and Oppenheimer plumped for him. Smullen’s main employer, Dermot Weld, has two horses currently entered in the Irish Derby but neither is expected to run. Cracksman is on offer at no bigger than 5-2, the same price as Wings Of Eagles, who finished so powerfully to beat him at Epsom. Cliffs Of Moher, runner-up that day, is expected to miss the Curragh race in favour of the Eclipse. André Fabre’s Waldgeist is next in the betting at 4-1 with Capri on 12-1. Unsettled weather could have a major impact on that betting and indeed on running plans as well, since up to 20mm of rain was forecast to hit The Curragh last night, with a similar amount forecast on Wednesday. That could be a problem for Wings Of Eagles, whose two weakest efforts came on the softest ground he has encountered. In October, he trailed Waldgeist by seven lengths in a French Group One on soft going. Advertisement Harbour Law’s fine effort to be third in last week’s Gold Cup has proved costly as the four-year-old damaged a tendon in the process and will not race again this year. “We were so excited after the race as he ran so well,” his Epsom-based trainer, Laura Mongan, said. “It’s so frustrating but we’ll get him back. He tried his heart out. Maybe the ground was a bit quick for him. It’s a tendon injury, it’s not too serious but it just needs time. “We went from a massive high on Thursday because he’d run such a good race to an incredible low on Friday. We’ll look after him, he’s only young and he’s lightly raced, so he’ll come back.” A three-year deal for sponsorship of the St Leger has been agreed between Doncaster racecourse and William Hill, who will take over backing the race this year from their rivals Ladbrokes. The news is a somewhat ironic outcome to the bitter ending of Ladbrokes’ time at Doncaster, which became a casualty last year of racing’s Authorised Betting Partner scheme. As Ladbrokes never became an ABP, they were prevented from extending their existing deals and therefore quit as sponsors of the Leger and the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. William Amos Youth Jersey Hill were never an ABP either but the scheme ended when the government’s new betting levy came into force in April. This is the first deal struck with a major bookmaker since then

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