Upset Mangan replaced for Derby

Apprentice jockey Gina Mangan misses out on riding at Epsom

Massive outsider Diore Lia has been declared for the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday, with apprentice jockey Paddy Pilley set to ride.

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

The BHA said in a statement on Thursday that 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.

"The horse is declared to run," he said. "How could I stop the horse running when there have been donations coming from America? The charity is the number one. That's why I started this over a year ago. They are not stopping us running over this."

He added: "Poor Gina has been crying up in the yard. I am disgusted with the BHA for what they have done. It was okay for Victoria Pendleton to go round Cheltenham after riding a bike all her life. It's elitist.

Paddy Pilley has been in the spotlight ahead of this weekend's Derby Paddy Pilley has been in the spotlight ahead of this weekend's Derby

"The horse is 52 rated. There have been loads of other low-rated horses. She is an improver. She is not going to come last. All I can hope for now is she runs a great race and does me proud."

Like Mangan, Pilley is an apprentice, claiming 5lb, but he has more experience in the saddle, riding 34 winners from 469 rides. The 19-year-old spent the winter riding in Australia, and this season joined the Roger Charlton team.

Professional Jockeys Association chief executive Paul Struthers believes the BHA made the "right decision" to stop Mangan riding in the Derby, but felt racing ruler's should not have granted her clearance in the first place.

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He said: "I have spoken to Gina (on Friday morning) and she is obviously very disappointed that she won't be able to ride in the Derby.

"She was very much looking forward to the opportunity, having read that there was no barrier to her participation.

"Her reaction to the disappointment was admirable and the attitude she has shown will no doubt stand her in good stead as she pursues her career as jockey.

"We have enormous sympathy for Gina and the position she has found herself in, having been thrust into the spotlight this week."

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