Dettori's agent, Matty Cowing, said: "The first Frankie knew about it was when he rang me on Tuesday. He's looking forward to it, but of course he has sympathy for Walter."
Swinburn's brother, Michael, who runs the Genesis Green Stud in Newmarket, reckoned the jockey will have taken the news philosophically. "It happens and that's racing," he said. "He was happy to have the ride in the Derby and they can't jock him off that now."
But Reg Hollinshead, with whom Swinburn served his apprenticeship, said of the switch by the Godolphin team: "I am surprised and disappointed. What did he have to do? He had reached the moon for them."Reuse content