Gosden’s Khalidi broke the track record when winning the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood on his last start and Smullen is hoping to land back-to-back renewals of the Derby
LAST year’s winning rider Pat Smullen has picked up the ride on Khalidi in Saturday’s Investec Derby.
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Smullen will attempt to become an Epsom hero for a second year on the bounce.
Smullen won the Classic 12 months ago aboard Harzand and will try to repeat the dose on Gosden’s Cocked Hat Stakes winner who was supplemented for the Derby.
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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.”