Eminent back in distance for Summer Mile assignment at Ascot

Tue 10 Jul 2018

Eminent will drop back in trip for the Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Trainer Martyn Meade has been baffled by two disappointing runs at Chester and Royal Ascot so far this season, after the Frankel colt ran well in the 2000 Guineas and Derby last year, as well as winning the Craven Stakes and a French Group Two.

“He’s had a couple of disappointing runs this season, so I think we’ll try a new tactic with him,” said Meade. “It’s an absolute mystery because he’s perfectly fine at home, it’s all a bit baffling to me.

“He wasn’t too keen at Ascot, someone had to make the pace and Oisin (Murphy) went on, but then he went five lengths clear and just acted as a pacemaker for them, which wasn’t ideal. I don’t think we’ll want to do that again.

“I think the drop in trip might just help his confidence, or maybe even my confidence as well, really, and we’ll maybe ride him a bit different.”

Wilamina will skip the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket this week with Meade hoping to find an easier option.

While Meade admits the filly probably ran the best race of her life last time out at Royal Ascot when third in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes to Aljazzi, the prospect of taking on blistering Coronation Stakes winner Alpha Centauri does not appeal.

“I think it was a career-best at Ascot, but that’s about where we are with her, we are going to have to farm around and look for an easier Group One,” said Meade.

“She is in the Falmouth, but I won’t run her there, she’d have almost no chance in that.

“There might be something in France later on, she does go on softish ground so I’m working on the basis that I’ll wait until all the others are spent and we might find an easier one.”

He added: “I think a mile is her optimum. She might get a bit further but at this stage I’m happy to leave her at a mile.”

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