Epsom: Trainer Defends Controversial Decision To Run Maiden In Derby

The Epsom Derby will be contested for the 238th time on Saturday, June 3, and once again a large field is expected to take their places in the starting gate.

One of the contestants in this year’s edition is Diore Lia, a 3-year-old filly by Yeats who has made just two starts and has yet to break her maiden. The Belfast Telegraph reports that the filly, deemed a 1,000-1 shot to win, will be ridden by 25-year-old apprentice jockey, Gina Mangan.

Diore Lia made her first two starts for trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam, but was recently transferred to John Jenkins’ stable. In a recent interview with the Telegraph, Jenkins defended owner Richard Aylward’s decision to run the filly in the Derby.

“At the end of the day it’s the owner’s decision,” Jenkins said.

“He pays the bills, he’s paid all the entry fees and he’s entitled to run her if he wants. If I didn’t run her, someone else would. The owner is keen to run her and has set up a charity.”

Jenkins also downplayed the decision to have apprentice Mangan, whose only career win occurred at Roscommon Race Course in 2009, ride the filly in the Derby.

“Gina is a good, competent rider. There are no worries on that score.”

Read more in the Belfast Telegraph

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