Martyn Meade is getting ready to find out how good Lone Eagle is as his steady star runs in King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
Galileo’s pony missed painfully from the Irish Derby to Hurricane Lane, after making a bold offer under the guidance of Frankie Dettori – who wanted to maintain the partnership.
On Saturday, he faces another Godolphin Derby winner in last month’s hero Epsom Adayar, while Aidan O’Brien’s Love also looks to be a formidable opponent.
“I’m very excited about his run at Curragh – everything he did in the race was right, except for the result I think,” Meade said.
“He comes out very well. He’s a very outspoken horse and he’s just on the upswing, I think.
“Saturday is a big task, but I’m confident he’ll put in a really good performance there.”
Dettori made a bold move with three stretches at Curragh, and Meade thought about the long marker that it would be a winning decision in the race.
He told the Nick Luck’s Daily podcast: “The way the race dragged on meant we were left behind – I thought the speed maker would put us in the race even further, but Frankie had no choice. no way to move on when he did.”
“Two stretches, I didn’t think it was ideal to go through at this stage – but one stretched I thought ‘God, there’s a chance we’ll win this’. I can see the blue color slowly picked up, but I didn’t ‘don’t think he’d get there.
“Because our horse had nothing to aim for when the other horse arrived, there was no time to get back up and fight the other horse, so it was a great timed run like (William) ) Buick was concerned.
“I want to see what happens if we run the race again and at two further markers if the winner leans over – that would be interesting, but of course we’ll never know. .
“Frankie was enthusiastic about the horse, while clearly not happy with the outcome. He said he just kept giving and giving and couldn’t ask for more. He said he was delighted. riding and would love to ride again on Saturday.
“We still don’t know how good he can be. Maybe Curragh is the top, maybe not – we’ll find out on Saturday.”
Buick is on Adayar this weekend, bypassing him in Epsom in favor of Hurricane Lane – who finished third.
He said: “King George is always an exciting race – and this year it drew all three-year-olds, older horses and the best dogs.
“I think the three-year-olds this year are a good group. You can’t ignore what Adayar did at Epsom – he was a very good Derby winner, and looking back on it was not a complete surprise. .
“Even though he didn’t win in two challenges, he ran well in both – and he was bred to be very good.
“He got Hurricane Lane in third. Hurricane Lane held the Derby very well, and you have to say he’s taken a solid step forward.
“We’ll find out how good Adayar is on Saturday. The two are currently apart, but I doubt they’ll ever see each other again.
“He gets a nice weighty pull in King George – as a Derby winner he has to have a clear chance in the race.”
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