Rejuvenated Frankie Dettori on being Derby favourite and his likely challengers

Frankie Dettori is looking forward to riding favourite Golden Horn in Saturday's Epsom Derby, but expects a familiar foe to challenge him for the crown.

Remarkably, given the length of time he has spent at the top of his chosen profession, Frankie Dettori’s distinguished roll of honour includes just one Derby winner.

He guided Authorized to victory back in 2007, with the classy stallion justifying its standing as pre-race favourite to romp home by five lengths.

As Dettori prepares for his 20th ride in Epsom’s prestigious Classic, he finds himself back in familiar territory.

The bookmakers have him at the top of the field heading into the race, with Golden Horn having been backed in to 6/4 as he looks to preserve his so far faultless record.

Dettori admits he cannot wait for the opportunity to deliver on such promise, with the decorated 44-year-old claiming to be enjoying his work as much as he has ever done during an exclusive interview with

He said: “I’m feeling 20 again. I’m really enjoying it.”

Dettori added on Golden Horn and the pressures which accompany taking such a fancied ride: “Brilliant. It brings back the memories from Authorized, when I was short price favourite. It’s very exciting.

“Believe it or not, I’m maybe sounding a bit old, but it’s my 20th Derby. I know what is required to win it and let’s hope Golden Horn can do it.”

Dettori need not look far, though, for potential rivals to the Derby crown.

As recently as last month, he rode Jack Hobbs to a runners-up spot in the Dante Stakes at York.

He finished behind stablemate Golden Horn on that occasion, and will be switching rides this weekend.

Jack Hobbs is, however, a very clear and present danger, having come in to around 9/2 second favourite, and Dettori believes a horse he knows plenty about will thrive if conditions are a little softer under foot than they were in Yorkshire back on May 14.

He added: “I think Jack Hobbs will improve a lot. The ground was very firm at York, which was to his dislike, but if the showers that are forecast materialise, he will be a big player in the race.”

You can see how Dettori and his rivals fare this weekend when the 236th Derby gets underway at 4.30pm on Saturday afternoon.