Epsom handler Adam West looking to break home course duck in Dash

Adam West is hoping for a dashing showing from Live In The Moment and Live In The Dream in Saturday's sprint on the Epsom Derby undercard.

Epsom based trainer Adam West has, remarkably, never won at his home Surrey track and is looking to make amends with a two-pronged assault on the Simpex Express 'Dash' Handicap on Saturday, June 4.

West will send Live In The Moment and Live In The Dream to the five furlong sprint in the race before the Derby at Epsom.

The trainer is keen to strike one up for Steve De'Lemos and his wife Jolene who own both horses.

"It would be very good to go double-handed and the owner is keen, but we'll do what is right by the horses on the day," explained West.

"It's still to be decided (if both run), it would be a spectacle and exciting, I'm not sure which way Steve (owner) would be leaning on the two runners. It would be interesting, but in my heart of hearts I think everything would have to fall right for Live In The Dream because I think he is a proper sprinter and I think he could be a bit better than a handicapper.

"These handicaps are pretty tasty in terms of prize-money. We could go to the Scurry Stakes for three-year-olds only at Sandown next week with Live In The Dream, which would be his back-up plan, and that is only worth £50,000 and you've got double the money in the dash, so it would be worth taking the risk if we do go double-handed.

West knows the significance of having runners on Derby day for his local owners.

He continued: "I'm absolutely delighted for the owner. Steve is a big Epsom supporter, he lives locally and can get his whole family there. He's mad for the Jubilee and its really exciting for him and he's been like a kid before Christmas - even to the point of almost unbearably excited!"

Somehow, despite operating on the Downs and sending out 27 runners in five years, West has never had a winner at Epsom and he is keen to shrug the monkey on his back.

"I don't really like mentioning it, but I haven't had a winner at Epsom yet, so it's been a bit of a bugbear for the last five years," West added.

"If we started with the Dash, it would be pretty nice. I think they would have a good chance and it would be incredible."

Latest news