DONEGAL jockey Martin Harley will ride Derab in Sunday’s Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club race in France.
Harley will take the John Gosden-trained Derab under starter’s orders at Chantilly.
Under Covid-19 regulations, Harley is having to quarantine in a French hotel ahead of the race this week.
Harley and Derab won at Newmarket in May and the Trentagh man sees a big opportunity at the weekend.
“Quarantine is fine and I’m hanging in there but it’s a beautiful hotel, which makes it easier,” he told the Racing Post.
“It’s my first ride in a Classic over here and thanks to John and Thady Gosden for giving me the opportunity. It’s a big step up in grade for Derab from Newmarket but the team wouldn’t be running him if they didn’t think he had a realistic chance of winning.”