|Thursday 6th July 2017|
Eminent Needs Strong Outing at Eclipse
Source: HorseRacingUK via Twitter
Eminent will be aiming to put his disappointing outing at The Derby behind him when he competes in the next big meet of the flat season in the Eclipse.
The son of Frankel was considered one of the leading contenders to take the crown at Epsom, but lacked the pace needed down the stretch to clinch the win. However, given his ancestry and his own pedigree on the track, it would be no surprise to see him rise to the occasion at Sandown Park.
Eminent will need to produce a strong performance as the field remains just as competitive as The Derby, although he does have solid horse racing betting odds at 7/2 to triumph.
The Irish horse had an impressive start to his career when he made his bow last year at the EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes. Martyn Meade’s charge was not considered the favourite to win the meet, but produced an outstanding ride with Jim Crowley in the saddle. He beat out his nearest rival by two-and-three-quarter lengths, making a huge statement in the process.
Eminent followed up his performance with another strong outing at Newmarket. The Irish horse was pitted against another competitive field, featuring the favourite War Decree. However, the bay colt put in an inspired display to clinch the second victory of his career, finishing one-and-three-quarter lengths ahead of second-placed Rivet.
Meade put the horse forward for the 2,000 Guineas earlier this year – in his toughest test to date. The competition was fierce, with Churchill and Al Wukair along with Barney Roy present.
Source: Frankel1313 via Twitter
Although he kept pace with the leaders for the majority of the race, Eminent faded down the stretch, failing to find the final surge needed to put pressure on the leading pack, finishing in sixth place.
Following his underwhelming outing in the meet, the pressure was on Meade and Crowley to get the Irish horse back to his best for the next contest in The Derby. The field did not quite contain the quality of the previous race, but Eminent was still not considered the favourite. The three-year-old made a solid start to the race, but once again lacked the pace down the stretch to challenge the eventual winner – Wings of Eagles – for the crown.
Eminent was not in action during Royal Ascot and has had a month to recover from his exploits at the Epsom Downs. His preparations have been thorough, although he has recently sent his work-rider Glen Osborne into hospital after the jockey suffered a fall during their training session.
Silvestre de Sousa will take to the Irish horse’s saddle for the first time, assuming the duties from Crowley in a bid to change the fortunes of the bay colt.
The field remains competitive and Eminent will have to produce the performance of his career to beat out the talent of Cliffs of Moher and Barney Roy, whose camps will be equally determined to push forward for the victory, with the latter aiming to build on his success at Royal Ascot.