Pat Smullen rides Khalidi in the Derby

Pat Smullen will take Khalidi in the Epsom Derby

Pat Smullen will ride Khalidi in the Investec Derby on Saturday as the jockey attempts to become an Epsom hero for a second year on the bounce.

Smullen won the premier Classic 12 months ago aboard Harzand and will try to repeat the dose with the John Gosden-trained Khalidi, who was supplemented for the race after he claimed the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood on Friday.

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."

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