James Doyle gets Young Rascal call up in the Derby

James Doyle will team up with Young Rascal in the Investec Derby after being freed of his commitment with the Godolphin operation to ride Dee Ex Bee in the premier Classic.

Champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa has been booked by trainer Mark Johnston for the Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum-owned Dee Ex Bee, leaving Doyle to retain his association with Young Rascal at Epsom on Saturday.

Doyle was aboard the William Haggas-trained colt when he defeated Dee Ex Bee in the Chester Vase by half a length.

Johnston’s son and assistant, Charlie, said: “I think it suits everyone involved.

“Obviously James has ridden Dee Ex Bee but I’m quite sure he was keen to ride William’s horse, having been to ride him at Breakfast with the Stars.

“Silvestre won on Dee Ex Bee first time out and he has a great record at Epsom.

“I think all parties are happy with how it’s turned out and we’re all set for Saturday.”

Johnston is hoping the forecast of rain materialises during the week to aid Dee Ex Bee’s chances.

He said: “There’s a chance of some rain through the week which wouldn’t harm his chance at all.

“He won at Epsom as a two-year-old in very heavy ground. That would inconvenience others more than it would inconvenience him. “