Martyn Meade sets sights on Racing Post Trophy with Chilean

Mon 11 Sep 2017

Watch again how Chilean won at Haydock on Saturday and read plans that Martyn Meade has in mind for him

By staff

A trip to Doncaster for the Racing Post Trophy is the likely next port of call for Chilean following his impressive display at Haydock on Saturday.

Following a promising debut effort at Newmarket early last month, Martyn Meade's colt opened his account at Chelmsford to earn himself a step up to Listed class on Merseyside.

The son of Iffraaj ploughed through the testing terrain to run out a decisive winner of the Ascendant Stakes and Meade is keen to test him at the highest level on October 28.

"I was delighted with the way he did it and I think we'll aim towards the Racing Post Trophy. The entries for that are on Tuesday," said the Newmarket handler.

"We gave him a quiet run first time at Newmarket and then we went to Chelmsford as it was quite a valuable maiden. He was really bold that day as he pushed himself through a gap and although it was on the all-weather, the form is pretty good.

"Because of that he was quite well fancied for the race on Saturday and he was pretty impressive.

"It was great to see him skip through that soft ground. I don't think he needs it soft as he's worked well on good ground on the Limekilns, but it's nice to know he can handle it."

Chilean is a best-priced 33-1 for next year's Qipco 2000 Guineas and Meade admits it would be great to have a stab at the Rowley Mile Classic for the second successive year following stable star Eminent's sixth place in this year's renewal.

"Hopefully it comes up soft at Doncaster and we'll see what he can do," Meade added.

"It would be nice to think he could win a Racing Post Trophy and end up in a 2000 Guineas next spring.

"He's another one to dream about. We can all dream, can't we?"

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