Rob Hornby drinks in a double after guiding 14-1 shot Alcohol Free to victory within the Darley July Cup

Rob Hornby is grabbing his alternatives with each arms and hit the Group One bullseye for the second time in two days when powering to a length-and-a-half win within the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Andrew Balding-trained Alcohol Free.

The 27-year-old’s success on the 14-1 shot got here 24 hours after his Falmouth Stakes victory on Ralph Beckett-trained 16-1 shot Affluent Voyage.

Each rides solely got here his means by circumstance. Had Frankie Dettori not unexpectedly reunited with John and Thady Gosden, the Italian would have ridden Affluent Voyage. And Hornby picked up the mount on Alcohol Free when her common rider, champion jockey Oisin Murphy, was suspended.

Rob Hornby powered Alcohol Free to victory in the Darley July Cup on Saturday

Rob Hornby powered Alcohol Free to victory within the Darley July Cup on Saturday

Hornby, who was introduced up in Shropshire, rode his first Group One win final season. His profession has been a slow-burner since he joined the Balding steady in Hampshire as a 16-year-old straight out of college nearly 11 years in the past.

However his groundwork and endurance is being rewarded.

The jockey stated: ‘I’m speechless actually, simply to have two Group One rides in two days is incredible. Once I joined Mr Balding I used to be dwelling the dream and getting paid for it. He has given me so many alternatives and that is the place all jockeys need to be competing. It won’t be an alcohol free time this weekend!

‘She acquired a bit disorganised at midway however when she hit high gear she gained convincingly.’

Alcohol Free has now gained 4 instances at Group One degree, beginning with the Cheveley Park Stakes as a two-year-old over six furlongs like Saturday’s race. As a three-year-old she gained the Sussex Stakes and the Coronation Stakes at a mile.

Balding and proprietor Jeff Smith, whose finest horse Lochsong was a crushed favorite within the 1994 July Cup, will now ship her again as much as that longer journey.

She’s going to defend her Sussex Stakes crown at Superb Goodwood on July 27 in what needs to be a red-hot race, with unbeaten Baaeed and a pair of,000 Guineas winner Coroebus in opposition.

Balding stated: ‘She’s a velocity miler reasonably than an attritional miler so Goodwood ought to swimsuit her and we stay up for it.’

Going into Saturday’s race, Alcohol Free had been crushed 3 times this season resulting in public issues that she was not on the identical degree, however Hornby stated the Balding steady retained religion in her and her velocity.

She had completed ninth within the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot final month, nearly three lengths behind Naval Crown who was runner-up.

Disappointing 9-4 favorite Excellent Energy completed seventh.

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