Gosden to walk Derby course ahead of big race

Bill Esdaile
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YESTERDAY’s blazing sunshine was good news for fans of Golden Horn as the ground at Epsom dried out to ‘good’ after early morning showers. But it was less of a positive for his stablemate and chief market rival Jack Hobbs.

Trainer John Gosden will walk the course this morning to ensure it has enough cut in it before committing the big race second favourite. "The race is at 4.30pm, and if it is sunny and breezy I would be concerned”, Gosden told www.godolphin.com. “I will walk the track beforehand. Godolphin and the other partners are aware that is what I will be doing.

"Jack Hobbs is a grand, scopey, rangy individual, who should improve with age. The Derby comes soon enough for him. He is a talented individual, who I hope will be racing at four and five.

"I think he learnt a lot at Epsom at Breakfast With The Stars and I was very happy with his work at the weekend."

If he is given the green light by his handler, Jack Hobbs is set to break from stall 10, the luckiest of all Derby stalls having housed 8 of the last 28 winners.