Walker launches Rocket on Derby trail
Ed Walker, who enjoyed a fine first full season in Lambourn last year after relocating from Newmarket at the end of 2016, is keen to kick on this term and the ambitious trainer has the biggest Flat race of all in his sights with Stephensons Rocket.
Owned by Walker’s landlord Bjorn Nielsen, the son of Teofilo won a Redcar novice in October and has connnections dreaming about his potential as a three-year-old.
“He’s in great form,” said Walker. “He’s done exceptionally well from two to three and is bred to get further. He’s a big boy, tall and leggy, but an absolutely stunning horse.
“He’s done exceptionally well from two to three and is bred to get further. He’s a big boy, tall and leggy, but an absolutely stunning horse.
“He’s got that Stormy Antarctic arrogance and thinks he’s pretty special, and we think he’s pretty special.
“We’re very excited about him this year. We always thought he was a smart horse and one we’d be aiming at the Classics. The dream is the Derby.”
The current stable star at Kingsdown is Stormy Antarctic, a winner in France recently and thought capable of striking at the highest level as long as conditions are testing.
Walker, who has 80 horses, of which 35 are two-year-olds, added: “He’s in a Group 2 in France on May 1 – the Prix du Muguet – and I think that’ll be the perfect stepping stone for him over a mile. He’s in really good order and we hope he has a bit more luck this year.
“We might consider the Lockinge if the ground came up soft, but he’s been second twice in Group 1s and deserves to win one.”