Racing: Dettori setback on path to Curragh

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Frankie Dettori was yesterday booked by Aidan O'Brien for Strawberry Roan, one of his three Irish Derby entries, but the jockey will need to recover from a fall at Salisbury yesterday if he is to take part in proceedings at the Curragh.

Dettori missed three rides at Epsom last night after he failed to pass a medical examination which followed a fall at Salisbury in the afternoon. He is expected to be out of action until tomorrow at least, while he recovers from the stiffness that set in after he was unshipped by Badge Of Fame on exiting the parade ring for the Bibury Cup.

Dettori's booking for Strawberry Roan understandably attracted support for the filly in the betting on the Classic.

Michael Tabor's daughter of Sadler's Wells, deputising for the owner's sidelined Entrepreneur, is 4-1 second favourite for the race with William Hill, whose betting is headed by the even-money shot Silver Patriarch. Ladbrokes report money for the Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up and have cut her price to 5-1 from 6-1.

"She has joined stable-mate Desert King as 5-1 joint-second favourite," Ian Wassell, Ladbrokes spokesman, said. O'Brien's third runner, Johan Cruyff, has also been backed for the race having been cut to 12-1 from 16-1 by Ladbrokes.

"Frankie definitely rides Strawberry Roan," the dual champion jockey's agent, Matty Cowing, said. O'Brien supplemented Strawberry Roan for the mile-and-a-half Classic on Tuesday at a cost of IRpounds 70,000.

IRISH DERBY: Ladbrokes: 4-5 Silver Patriach, 5-1 Desert King, Strawberry Roan (from 6-1), 7-1 Loup Sauvage, 10-1 The Fly, 12-1 Johann Cruyff (from 16-1), 16-1 Dr Johnson, 20-1 Token Gesture, 25-1 others.

William Hill: evens Silver Patrirach, 4-1 Strawberry Roan, 7-1 Desert King, Loup Savage, 10-1 Johan Cruyff, The Fly, 14-1 Token Gesture, 20- 1 Casey Tibbs, Dr. Johnson, Verglas, 66-1 Olympic Majesty, 200-1 Buddy Marvel.

Tote: evens Silver Patriarch, 4-1 (from 9-2) Strawberry Roan, 6-1 Desert King (from 8-1), 13-2 Loup Savage (from 6-1), 10-1 Johan Cruyff, The Fly, 20-1 others.

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