I will always remember Lester Piggott’s advice as I saw glory in the Epsom Derby on Piz Badile

I’m looking for a Piz of action in the Derby.

It’s the most famous flat race in the world – and the toughest to win on the world’s toughest track to ride.

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Dettori pictured with Piggott and Willie Carson in DoncasterCredit: Reuters

Easy then, huh?

I am on PIZ BADILE (4.30) and I have good hopes that he will run well, especially after we drew a nice draw in seven.

I still remember my first Derby race in 1992.

I rode Pollen Count for John Gosden and we finished 16th of 18 riders behind John Reid on Dr Devious.

It was like a Hall of Fame when you look at the runners in that race – Willie Carson, Christy Roche, Mick Kinane, Steve Cauthen, Pat Eddery, Mouse Roberts, Walter Swinburn and, of course, the late, great Lester.

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At this time the paddock was near the stables behind the Rubbing House pub.

It was something and it seems like an age ago now.

I was absolutely desperate to win the Derby.

From my first entry in the race until winning it with Authorized in 2007, I was asked every year to win it, and it actually got very boring by the end!

Dettori won the Epsom Derby twice

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Dettori won the Epsom Derby twiceCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

It took me 15 attempts, and with the first one I didn’t have much luck to take advantage of it – it was more of a relief to be honest. But then Golden Horn’s win in 2015 was probably the most emotional I’ve ever seen at a racetrack.

I was a little older and it was a big moment because I was kind of on my way back.

The kids were all older and able to understand him a bit more and it was so special.

It was like THE perfect day.

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All jockeys are thrilled that this year’s race is being held in Lester’s honour. He was the King of Epsom and always will be.

It was emotional yesterday paying homage to The Long Fellow in front of his statue.

It was very emotional and I’m sure it was a special moment for Lester’s daughter Maureen and her former valet Brian Yorke.

The jockeys wore black armbands yesterday and we will do the same today.

Ryan Moore laid a wreath under Piggott's statue on Oaks Day

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Ryan Moore laid a wreath under Piggott’s statue on Oaks DayCredit: AFP

There will also be a minute of applause just before the Derby.

There is no doubt that Lester has walked the course better than anyone. It’s definitely the toughest racetrack to drive in the world, when it comes down to it.

You have to be on your guard, be well placed and not be able to turn off for a second.

Obviously, this isn’t my first rodeo, but that doesn’t make it any easier.

I will always remember Lester’s advice.

He never used to say much. . . but when he spoke, my boy, you listened.

And his Derby tips were very helpful to me.

He said to me, “Ride a horse, don’t race.

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“Stay focused on what you have to do.

These words have crossed my mind in many races in many places over the years and still do.

So can I win today’s big race?

Well, my turn this year, Piz Badile, is a beautiful person.

I went to Donnacha O’Brien to ride it the other day and was very happy.

He’s done nothing wrong in his three career starts so far, but he’s still a bit of a dark horse.

Something that will suit him this year is the emphasis on endurance, as it is a big field and there are a good number of horses that want a real run.

The last two stages will definitely separate the men from the boys, and hopefully I’ll be in the group that always finishes strong.

Gavin Ryan had already ridden Piz Badile

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Gavin Ryan had already ridden Piz BadileCredit: PA

One of the reasons the Derby is so unique is that we don’t know who will run the track and who will get the trip, but there is no doubt that my horse will stay on the mile and a half.

I believe there are six or seven top contenders this year.

Obviously I think Paz Badile is going to have a big run and we have a nice draw in box seven.

You can’t win a race at the start but you can certainly lose it, especially at Epsom. I’ll be looking to get a nice position and then finish strong up the hill on that camber.

I’ve heard nothing but good things about Stone Age, Desert Crown and Nations Pride.

They are the big three but this is the Derby and anything can happen. I don’t want to think about how I might feel if I won.

That’s what it would mean, especially with the race being held in honor of my great racing hero.

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