Connections Keane on change of pilot for Westover

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Together, the partnership will take on the Oaks winner Tuesday, in what promises to be a memorable contest. Despite being unable to get a clear run at times, Westover came home strongly for third place in the Blue Riband event at Epsom on June 4 and the Ralph Beckett-trained colt has headed up the market for the Irish version of the race since then. His task looked somewhat easier until Monday, when trainer Aidan O'Brien said it was "very possible" that his Oaks heroine would be added to the field and take on the boys. She's now a confirmed runner for the 1m4f event and the dual Guineas-placed filly will attempt to become the first of her sex to win the Irish Derby since Balanchine achieved the feat under Frankie Dettori in 1994. Barry Mahon, general manager of Ireland and European racing for Westover's owner-breeders Juddmonte, said: "Westover is good. He did his last bit of work on Monday morning and Ralph and the team were happy, so everything seems set for Saturday. "I don't know what way the bookies will chalk it up with Tuesday in the race. She's a top-class filly who has been placed in two Guineas and won an Oaks and is bred in the purple, so she's gong to be a formidable opponent, especially with the 3lb allowance. "I think her inclusion is going to guarantee a very good race." Keane takes over the reins from Rob Hornby, who has been on board Westover on his two previous starts this season. Mahon added: "Rob Hornby is an integral part of the team in Ralph Beckett's, has done a wonderful job with Westover and I thought he gave him a beautiful ride in Epsom. "Our decision is purely down to Colin's experience and experience of the Curragh and Curragh Classics. What better man than a three-time Irish champion jockey who has won an Irish 2,000 Guineas and an Irish Oaks at the Curragh to get on board? "He knows the track inside out and hopefully that will be a help to Westover. We just felt, for this race race anyway, that he's an able deputy." Westover and Tuesday are among 16 possible runners in the Ireland's premier Classic following the confirmation stage, with the latter unsurprisingly the only filly in contention.

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