Last season's champion apprentice Ryan Moore will have his first ride in the Vodafone Derby when he teams up with Unfurled tomorrow week.
The 21-year-old son of Brighton trainer Gary Moore has been booked for the Predominate Stakes winner, ending Arundel-based handler John Dunlop's search for a big-race jockey at Epsom.
"I've only just found out and obviously I'm pleased to get my first ride in the race," said Moore.
"I was at Goodwood for both of his wins and he looks a really nice horse."
Unfurled, a best-priced 33-1, booked his place in Flat racing's premier colts' Classic with victory in the Goodwood trial last week. He had won his maiden over the same course and distance by ten lengths three weeks earlier.
The Dunlop team were left looking for a jockey after Richard Quinn, who has partnered the son of Unfuwain in three of his four starts, plumped for David Elsworth's candidate, The Geezer.
Dunlop has a second Derby runner in Kong, the mount of Richard Hughes.
In other jockey news, Johnny Murtagh has lodged an appeal over a three-day ban that would cost him the ride on ante-post favourite Motivator.
The Jockey Club confirmed yesterday that the jockey will contest Tuesday's decision by the Lingfield stewards to suspend him for careless riding.
He was found to have caused interference in the early stages of the Lingfield Leisure Club Median Auction Maiden Stakes - which he eventually won on Miss Brush - having cut across to the rails from his high draw.
The dates of the ban are June 4 (Derby Day) 5 and 6.
"He has appealed and the hearing is likely to be heard next Wednesday or Thursday, but no date has yet been agreed," said Jockey Club spokesman Owen Byrne.
Next Thursday is the 48-hour final declaration stage for the premier Classic.
John Blake, chief executive of the Jockeys Association, revealed that they had requested for the appeal to be heard next Wednesday.
He said: "Once we decided to appeal after viewing the video, we took the opportunity of lodging the appeal as soon as we could to give the Jockey Club as much time as possible to organise the hearing.
"We have politely requested for it to be held next Wednesday if the Jockey Club can get a panel together. If it is held on Thursday, it would be too close to the wire for the jockeys' 11.30am declaration time.
"There is also the knock-on effect for other jockeys. A Wednesday hearing would give Darryll Holland [who has been lined up to ride Motivator in Murtagh's absence] time to re-align for the Derby. There is also the question of connections' horses in other races to consider as well.
"Had the incident happened in the middle of November, the reason to appeal would be the same and Johnny does not want three days on his record under the totting-up procedure. It could come back to haunt him later in the season."
Meanwhile, Holland yesterday spoke of his delight at being put on stand-by for the plum rider.
"Subject to Johnny being unsuccessful in his appeal, it's a great thrill to get the chance to ride a horse like that going into the race as the Derby favourite," Holland said.
"Obviously my record round Epsom helped. You've got to be in the right position at Epsom - it's not all about being on the best horse. My track record speaks for itself and I've always done particularly well round there.
"The idea is for me to sit on Motivator, probably next Wednesday. [Trainer] Michael Bell says he's virtually done all the serious bits of work he's going to do now."
Holland said that he was prepared to risk being left without a Derby mount, should Murtagh be successful in his appeal against the ban.
"That's the chance I'm going to take as a freelance. I'm always looking for a spare ride," he added.