Jockey Rob Hornby bounces back in style by galvanising 16-1 shot Prosperous Voyage to beat favourite Inspiral in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket
- Rob Hornby’s fortunes turned in spectacular fashion at Newmarket on Friday
- He guided Prosperous Voyage to victory in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes
- It made up for his recent 1,000 Guineas and Irish Derby disappointments
Rob Hornby’s fortunes turned in spectacular fashion on Friday as he galvanised 16-1 shot Prosperous Voyage to beat 1-7 favourite Inspiral in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket’s July Meeting.
Hornby gained admirers for his measured reaction when he lost the mount on Westover for the Irish Derby — after riding the horse to third in the Epsom Derby — and the colt powered home at the Curragh with Irish champion jockey Colin Keane on board.
He then suffered a blow when Scope, the colt that gave him his first Group One win last season, suffered a fatal injury on the gallops.
Jockey Rob Hornby (above) bounced back in style at at Newmarket’s July Meeting on Friday
Hornby also narrowly missed out on victory in the 1,000 Guineas on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course in May when Cachet beat Prosperous Voyage by a neck.
But his quiet professionalism has been rewarded thanks to a twist of fate. Had Frankie Dettori and John Gosden not been reunited this week, it would have been the Italian on board Prosperous Voyage and not Inspiral, a nine-length winner when the two met in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Two furlongs out it looked like Inspiral was going to give the Dettori-Gosden team another Group One but Prosperous Voyage stayed on far stronger than the red-hot favourite.
Hornby galvanised Prosperous Voyage (centre) to victory in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes
Hornby, 27, said: ‘I am in such a privileged position and days like this make it worthwhile. It is a crazy sport with the ups and downs of it. I thought I was perhaps going to be a good third when they came to challenge me but she was so brave.’
Given their recent local difficulties, the defeat on a Gosden-trained 1-7 shot for Dettori might seem like a red flag moment but the trainer conceded Inspiral appeared to be feeling the effects of her Royal Ascot run.
Gosden said: ‘She was a little bit flat and the ground was probably quick enough for her. We will freshen her up and go again.’
The run-up to the race was marred when Summer’s Knight and Tribal Art sustained fatal injuries in the bet365 Trophy won by Soapy Stevens.