Manning to ride Sudden Wonder
Godolphin's jockey saga has taken another twist ahead of the Investec Derby with the news that Kevin Manning will ride Sudden Wonder.
The riding arrangements at the global operation appeared fairly straightforward at the start of the season with Silvestre de Sousa and Mickael Barzalona set to ride for Saeed bin Suroor and Charlie Appleby respectively.
But first it was revealed that Kieren Fallon would be riding some of Bin Suroor's stable stars, before Appleby confirmed only weeks later that he would be using a wider number of riders including William Buick and Martin Lane.
That was a marked blow for young Corsican Barzalona who had seemed destined for stardom when partnering Pour Moi to victory in the 2011 Derby and it appears that his stock has fallen further still with the news that Manning will ride the son of New Approach on Saturday.
Barzalona has ridden the three-year-old in all bar one of his five career starts and that came when he was aboard fellow Appleby runner Outstrip when Sudden Wonder made his debut at Newmarket in a maiden won by the subsequent Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner.
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Sudden Wonder was last seen finishing third in the Lingfield Derby Trial and the trainer explained the decision on the owner's website, www.godolphin.com: "I am very happy with Sudden Wonder's preparation to date and confident he will put up a big performance in the Investec Derby.
"I have spoken to connections and we agreed that we would like Kevin Manning to be on board as his style of riding will suit Sudden Wonder.
"He is a very positive rider and experienced around Epsom. He partnered New Approach, Sudden Wonder's sire, to victory in the Derby."
Appleby has yet to make a decision about Pinzolo's participation and will leave it until later in the week before committing to a run.
The trainer said: "Pinzolo is suited by a sound surface so we will keep an eye on the weather, while Sudden Wonder has won on that type of going and soft ground."