bet365 Racing News
Tuesday 6th June 2017

Sandown Next for Eminent

Trainer Martyn Meade is set to target the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown next month with Investec Derby fourth-placed finisher Eminent.

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The son of Frankel was just under two-lengths away in fourth as Wings Of Eagles produced a stunning late flourish to deny market principles Cliffs Of Moher and Cracksman in a thriller on the Downs.

Eminent had earlier finished sixth of ten in the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas behind Churchill at Newmarket in May.

Despite admitting to slight disappointment that Eminent had not delivered as he hoped in the Derby, Meade remains convinced that he has Group 1 winning potential on his hands.

Jockey Jim Crowley lost his whip at a crucial stage in the Epsom contest and Meade felt that was pivotal.

"They squeezed him out, but you are not going to be able to squeeze through past jockeys as strong as Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore without a whip," he said.

"I am not saying we would have beaten the winner as he came down the outside with a wet sail, but I certainly think we would have been second or third. Maybe we have now got rid of our bad luck.

"The great thing is that run gives me confidence there is a Group 1 in him this year."

Eminent is a 10/1 chance with bet365 to win the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on 8th July and that is the race that his trainer would like to target, giving his charge ample time to get over his Epsom exertions.

"No doubt a race like that will take its toll on any three-year-old and he has lost a little bit of weight. He does look great, but as he is a big horse he will need a bit of time.

"He is not actually in the Irish Derby and I don't think he will go for that. He might go for the Eclipse and we will consider the Grand Prix de Paris (14th July) as he is in both of them.

"They are later than the Irish race so it gives us sufficient time to get him back to his best.

"It would be quite good to try the stiff mile and a quarter at Sandown, as it obviously helps it is a big striding track and that is what he needs."

Cliffs Of Moher is 5/1 to win the Sandown race, while 2,000 Guineas runner-up Barney Roy is 10/1 for Godolphin.