Rob Hornby relishing Derby probability with Sandown winner Westover



Rob Hornby is worked up on the prospect of linking up with Westover within the Cazoo Derby following his victory within the wager365 Traditional Trial at Sandown.

The son of Frankel overcame indicators of greenness to carry off David Simcock’s fast-finishing Money, with handler Ralph Beckett stating just lately the strapping three-year-old will now head straight for the Epsom Traditional, for which he’s a finest worth of 25-1.

Hornby has been aboard Westover for 3 of his 4 racecourse appearances and is assured there may be nonetheless loads of enchancment to be seen from the Juddmonte-owned colt.

He stated: “He is very thrilling. We at all times thought a number of him as a two-year-old and he did very properly to win first day trip being such a giant horse.

“We at all times thought he’d enhance an amazing deal and be a greater three-year-old and to go and try this on his first run of the yr, once we hadn’t actually requested to many questions at dwelling, was actually good.

“There was at all times going to be an excessive amount of enchancment from the run and to go and have the ability to win and put in a efficiency like that was actually taking.”

Beckett supplied Hornby along with his first Group One win when he partnered Scope to land the Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp in October and Westover might proceed a blossoming partnership between the coach and jockey at Epsom, with the pair going inside a neck of victory within the 1000 Guineas by Affluent Voyage.

“For myself it’s actually thrilling and it is nice for the entire yard, there’s an actual buzz concerning the place. The horses are operating rather well and hopefully it bodes properly for an thrilling season,” continued Hornby.

“The hyperlink up with Ralph has been actually fruitful for the previous three years now and I’ve at all times been hooked up with Andrew Balding since my apprenticeship. Clearly there has turn out to be a number of extra alternatives there this yr with Oisin’s (Murphy) absence, so will probably be good to seize as lots of these alternatives whereas I can and preserve pushing forwards.”



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