Turf Talk: Pilley takes the reins on huge Derby outsider Diore Lia after Mangan is prohibited from riding

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MASSIVE outsider Diore Lia has been declared for tomorrow’s Investec Derby at Epsom, with apprentice jockey Paddy Pilley set to ride.

Intended jockey Gina Mangan was on Wednesday prohibited from riding in the premier Classic by the British Horseracing Authority but the horse still features amongst 19 declarations.

Pilley, a highly-rated 5lb claimer, is now poised to receive the leg-up in the Derby. The BHA said in a statement on Thursday that 7lb claimer Mangan, who has not yet won a race in Britain, could not take part in the Derby under one of its rules which protects “the best interests of the sport”.

With apprentice jockey Mangan having never ridden at Epsom nor in a big race like the Derby, the BHA said that her participation would pose an increased “risk” to the welfare of jockeys and horses.

The BHA had, however, said last Sunday that “there are no restrictions in place” to stop Mangan from riding at Epsom, but that race conditions could be discussed “on an ongoing basis, if appropriate”.

Diore Lia, a maiden filly who is available at odds of 1,000-1, is trained by Mangan’s boss John Jenkins and is owned by Mary Todd.

Todd’s brother Richard Aylward bred the horse and has been keen to generate publicity for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital by running the daughter of Yeats at Epsom.

Aylward said: “She’s definitely running and Paddy will be riding her. Our filly is the people’s champion now and I hope everyone gets behind her.”

The BHA said in a statement that it was “appropriate” to accept Pilley’s declaration aboard Diore Lia. Pilley is based with Roger Charlton and has ridden 34 winners.

Mangan has ridden one winner in her career, at Roscommon in June 2009. At Kempton on Wednesday she was given a four-day careless riding suspension aboard Alshan Fajer.


EPSOM: 2.00 Drochaid, 2.35 Laugh Aloud (treble), 3.10 Oh This Is Us, 3.45 Desert Law, 4.30 CLIFFS OF MOHER (NAP), 5.15 Carntop, 5.50 Naggers.

DONCASTER: 1.55 Mishko, 2.30 Juliet Capulet, 3.05 Fortitude, 3.40 Sante, 4.15 Hermann, 5.10 Valcartier (nb), 5.40 Afaak.

MUSSELBURGH: 1.40 Wigan Warrior, 2.15 Rebel Assault, 2.50 Glitter Girl, 3.25 Euro Nightmare, 4.00 Desert Dream, 4.55 Royal Brave, 5.30 Jonny Delta.

WORCESTER: 1.45 Elkstone, 2.20 For Instance, 2.55 Ink Master, 3.30 Horse Force One, 4.05 Miss Crick, 5.00 Gingili, 5.35 Focaccia.

HEXHAM: 1.30 Spinning Scooter, 2.05 Born To Boogie, 2.40 Hattons Hill, 3.15 Pads, 3.50 No Such Number, 4.45 The Pine Martin, 5.20 Kalaharry.

LINGFIELD: 5.45 Rum Swizzle, 6.20 Too Many Shots, 6.50 Mr Mac, 7.20 Magic Applause, 7.50 Unified, 8.20 Tanasoq, 8.50 Annie Salts.

NEWCASTLE: 6.10 Guzman, 6.40 Nashville, 7.10 Kullu, 7.40 Light Of Joy, 8.10 Hussar Ballad, 8.40 Destination Aim, 9.10 Novabridge.