Aidan O’Brien’s colt has been the subject of strong support for the premier Classic and will now have the assistance of a world-class jockey.
Giovanni Canaletto, who finished second on his seasonal bow in a Group Three at the Curragh on May 24, is around the 8-1 mark for the Derby.
Coolmore tweeted that Joseph O’Brien will ride stablemate Kilimanjaro, while Hans Holbein is the mount of Seamie Heffernan.
Moore has also been given the go-ahead to ride the O’Brien-trained Tapestry in the Investec Coronation Cup.
Coolmore also firmed up plans for the Investec Oaks on Friday. Joseph O’Brien gets the leg-up on Together Forever, with Heffernan on Diamondsandrubies and Colm O’Donoghue on Qualify.
Fellow Coolmore filly Legatissimo, trained by David Wachman, is also set to run in the Oaks after she claimed the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in the hands of Moore.
Connections of Zawraq warned the colt is not certain to line up in the Derby after suffering an injury scare.
The Dermot Weld-trained runner is among the leading fancies for the Epsom showpiece but after completing a satisfactory piece of work, he was found to be slightly lame on his return to the yard.
“He did a bit of work this morning with Pat Smullen up, he did it fine and walked back to the yard OK but when the head lad came back into his box, he just thought he took a lame step,” said Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.
Zawraq is prominent in the Derby ante-post lists after impressively winning his two starts to date.
Gold said: “He did his work fine, had a pick of grass back at the yard, but they just felt he wasn’t 100 per cent when they trotted him up.
“He has been taken to the vets for an X-rays and scans and they came back fine, they didn’t show up anything apart from a small mark on the inside of his near-fore cannon bone, so hopefully he has just given himself a knock.
“He’s being iced and hopefully he’s just given himself a bang, but we will obviously know more over the next 36 hours or so.
“It was his final piece of work so he’s done everything he needs to do and is a fit horse.
“We are hoping to get him to the Derby but we just wanted to make everyone aware of what has happened.
“We’ll see if anything comes to light in the next 36 hours.”
Frankie Dettori partners favourite Golden Horn for John Gosden and respects the chances of not only the Ballydoyle runners, but also stablemate Jack Hobbs, whom he rode to finish second in the Dante behind his Derby mount.
“He (Golden Horn) is favourite, we know what he’s made of,” Dettori told At The Races.
“The same question keeps coming up. Will he stay? My gut feeling says yes, so it’s fingers crossed now as his preparation has gone well. The Chester Vase winner (Hans Holbein) looked a good stayer. You can never dismiss Aidan O’Brien, he’s a master and whatever he runs you have torespect.”
- Tony McCoy has been enticed out of retirement for one day only to take part in the Leger Legends Classified Stakes at Doncaster on September 9.
The record-breaking jumps jockey, will make a rare appearance on the Flat in the charity race over the straight mile on Town Moor.