Derby Festival News
|Friday 6th & Saturday 7th June 2014|
Something to Sing About with Western Hymn
With Aidan O'Brien's Australia now odds-on favourite to win the Epsom Derby on June 7, it certainly makes sense to look around for an each-way value alternative, and John Gosden may have something to sing about with Western Hymn.
John Gosden’s charge was still arguably a bit green when making slightly hard work of winning, but this was on soft ground and did involve him hitting the front sooner than ideal.
If there is a solid early pace at Epsom, this will certainly aid his cause and, if the rain stays away, there is every chance that Western Hymn will show the exhilarating turn of foot that won him his first two starts.
Gosden hasn’t trained a Derby winner since Benny The Dip in 1997 and all six of his runners in the past decade have not even managed to make the places. It's about time for a change of luck.
When you take into consideration that the last 10 Derby winners have triumphed in the highest grade that they had competed in, we would suggest that Australia is not a penalty kick for the Derby.