Ralph Beckett's Epsom Derby third Westover is heading East to the Curragh for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and ready to topple Tuesday. Galileo filly Tuesday will attempt to become the first filly since Ballanchine in 1994 to win the Irish Derby.
Beckett's Frankel colt could have got closer to runaway Epsom winner Desert Crown with a bit more luck in running and the Hampshire trainer won't be riled by the late addition of Aidan O'Brien's filly Tuesday for the Irish Classic on Saturday June 25.
Westover went off a 25/1 afterthought on the Downs with Beckett having everything to gain and nothing to lose over a mile and four furlongs in the Irish Group 1. Owner-breeders Juddmonte are primed and Barry Mahon, general manager of Ireland and European racing, 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." Colin Keane gets the nod over Rob Hornby for the race with that extra bit of local knowldge being considered crucial. 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 head a field of 16 for the Irish Derby with plenty having a point to prove without the true top talents of the likes of Desert Crown.
These include Aidan O'Brien's Stone Age and Donnacha O'Brien's Piz Badile who disappointed in the English equivalent.
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