Big call for Juddmonte with Keane and Hornby both in frame for Westover Arc round | Horse racing news

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Colin Keane (left) took over from Rob Hornby (right) on Westover ahead of the Irish Derby

UPDATED AT 7:03 PM, AUGUST 26, 2022

Ralph Beckett remains tight-lipped on who will drive Irish Derby winner Westover in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, saying a decision will be made closer to the time.

Beckett was speaking to the Racing Post for a major interview in the Sunday paper, where he tackles the big issues facing the sport and looks back on Westover’s season with the fast-approaching Longchamp showpiece.

Colin Keane and Rob Hornby are the two jockeys vying for the coveted race, having both tasted success on the three-year-old owned by Juddmonte.

Hornby had a memorable season, capped by a Group 1 double on consecutive days at Newmarket last month when he won the Falmouth Stakes with Prosperous Voyage and the July Cup with Alcohol Free.

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Westover: was dominant in the Irish Derby but disappointed in the King George

Westover: was dominant in the Irish Derby but disappointed in the King George

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However, after winning the Sandown Classic Trial and finishing third in the Westover Derby, Hornby lost the race to Irish champion jockey Keane, who then clinched the Irish Derby before a disappointing fifth in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

“Rob rode him the week of the Irish Derby. He can see the big picture and doesn’t need it explained to him – he’s good at dealing with disappointment,” Beckett said.

“As for Longchamp, Rob and Colin have won French Group 1s and a decision will be made later.”

On Westover’s final run at Ascot, Beckett added: “He was a little pissed off. Once Colin came up on him and Broome didn’t want to leave him alone, that was the end of it. He is not the first horse this has happened to in the King George, nor the first for its owners.”


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