Classic double for Dettori?

Ray Cochrane believes Frankie Dettori could be toasting a Classic double at Epsom.

Dettori will ride Sajjhaa in Friday's Investec Oaks for Michael Jarvis, while 24 hours later he will partner the Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained Rewilding in the Investec Derby.

Cochrane, who acts as agent for the three-time champion, told www.cdhorseracingtours.com: "Frankie and I are very excited about the Oaks and the Derby. Let's put it this way - we wouldn't want to swap Sajjhaa and Rewilding for anything else in their respective races."

Cochrane believes both events are wide open this year, but is hopeful Dettori can hit the mark for Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed and Godolphin at Epsom.

Cochrane continued: "Michael Jarvis thinks a lot of Sajjhaa and the way she won at Sandown was most impressive, she left the field for dead in a matter of strides.

"She likes top of the ground, has a good cruising speed, and is a very smart filly so has to have a major chance. Let's just say we're delighted to have the ride."

Another filly to catch the eye of Cochrane is John Gosden's Gertrude Bell. Cochrane explained: "She has place form at two, but then won really well at Newbury first time out. The further they went the better.

"I know John Gosden has always thought a lot of her and I think she's improving. Next time out she stepped up in distance at Chester and quickened-up nicely. I think the trip and track will both suit."

Turning to the Derby, Cochrane pinpointed Rewilding as the likely winner.

He argued: "The race at Goodwood probably wasn't strong, but Frankie had the race won three furlongs out and it was a very good performance. He hasn't got a lot to find and I know the jockey is quite excited!"

Cochrane also feels that John Gosden's Azmeel could represent each-way value.

He said: "Azmeel put up a good performance and won well at Chester. He's a handy horse and has a leading chance."

However, Cochrane feels that Aidan O'Brien's favourite Jan Vermeer is too short at the head of the market and will be a drifter on the day.

He concluded: "Jan Vermeer put up a good performance at the Curragh and won like a short-priced favourite should in those type of races. He's a Group 1 winner, taking the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud last season, but it's too open and he shouldn't be anything less than 3/1 in the betting."


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