bet365 Feilden Stakes
|Listed, Newmarket 15:35
3yo fillies only,
1m 1f, Class 1
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1 Eydon 22/1
2 Masekela 2/1F
3 Austrian Theory 25/1
6 ran Distances: 3¼l, ¾l, 1¾l
Time: 1m 50.89s (slow by 2.09s)
Eydon enters the Classics picture after winning the @bet365 Feilden Stakes on his first start on grass under @DavidEgan99 @NewmarketRace for @varianstable pic.twitter.com/FtPHNz2Ndg https://t.co/QuFrIQD6Ed via @RacingBetter— RacingBetter (@RacingBetter) April 14, 2022
The son of Olden Times showed promise in a couple of starts on the Tapeta surface at Newcastle around the turn of the year but really burst onto the scene with a three and a quarter-length defeat of the 107-rated favourite Masekela.
Easy to back before the off and returning an SP of 22/1, Roger Varian's colt wasn't too far off the leaders despite being dropped in by jockey David Egan, and he came through a furlong from the finish to score in great style after quickening sharply.
The victory may be a first for Eydon, but Varian considers him a luckless loser in his two previous starts and was not entirely surprised to see him succeed at Headquarters.
“We’ve always liked him and it was trainer error why he didn’t win his second start, but he ran very well on debut and If you watch that race back it would be no surprise he has run well in the Feilden because he was unlucky not to win on debut and he’s always shaped like a jolly nice horse,” said Varian.
“He’s a lovely horse but he’s a big horse, he’s come here weighing nearly 550 kilos and that’s why he has taken a bit of time. Big horses always seem to take plenty of time.
“We’ve always rated him, he’s always worked nicely at home. He galloped out well there and he’ll get further, he’s an exciting horse.
“We were saying when we saddled him, the horse will be delighted he didn’t have to go all the way up the A1 to Newcastle today and he’s probably enjoyed a short trip up the road!
“We always thought he would be better on grass than the all-weather and his work over the last fortnight has been good.”
Varian was quick to express gratitude to Prince Faisal, the horse’s owner, for his encouragement in aiming for the Listed race as opposed to an easier assignment in a maiden or a novice event.
“I’ve got to thank Prince Faisal really, first of all for sending me the horse to train, because he’s always been extremely supportive of me throughout my career and he’s very knowledgeable,” he said.
“He saw the promise of this horse on debut. He was entered in the Craven and we were weighing up the options of Craven or nine furlongs, but the Prince said ‘don’t go for a novice or a maiden, go for the Feilden if you’re happy with him’ and this is hopefully another nice horse for the Prince, who has had so many nice horses over the years.”
The son of Olden Times holds entries in the 2000 Guineas, Dante and Derby, and Varian added: “We won’t make any decisions without speaking to the Prince, but we’ll see how he comes out of the race and he’s well entered up and the way he’s won here would justify an ambitious plan.
“He’s hopefully something to look forward to, I think.”
bet365 Feilden Stakes (Listed)
£52,000 guaranteed, 3yo only, 1m 1f, Class 1,
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (2) Eydon 3 9-0 Roger Varian David Egan 22/1
2 (3) 3¼ Masekela 3 9-0 Andrew Balding William Buick 2/1F
3 (5) ¾ Austrian Theory 3 9-0 Charlie & Mark Johnston Joe Fanning 25/1
4 (6) 1¾ Sonny Liston 3 9-0 Charles Hills Marco Ghiani 9/2
5 (4) shd Cresta 3 9-0 Martyn Meade Tom Marquand 9/4
6 (1) 7½ Dawn Of Liberation 3 9-0 Richard Hannon Sean Levey 5/1