Martyn Meade has warned that Craven Stakes winner Eminent is likely to need a longer trip in future as the Newmarket handler believes one mile is the lowest trip he will want to run off.
The son of Frankel is unbeaten in two starts at Newmarket and was very impressive in the Craven at HQ last month when quickening up smartly when he hit the rising ground to score by a decisive length and three-quarters under Jim Crowley.
Well talked up before the Craven by Meade, the three-year-old is now a general 5/1 chance for the first Classic of the season after that victory.
However, it has looked in his race that the strapping colt will appreciate a stiffer test which will outline his stamina credentials with his breeding suggesting that a mile and quarter would be his ideal trip. Meade does think his charge will also be effective over a mile and a half with the Investec Derby at Epsom a possible for which he is a general 8/1 shot.
Eminent lags behind French raider Al Wukair, Greenham winner Barney Roy and Dewhurst victo Churchill, the general 6/4 favourite, in the ante-post betting but Meade believes his charge’s course form could prove valuable. Meade said:
It’s very exciting and I’m very pleased where Eminent is at the moment and how he has conducted himself mentally.
He’s got two key things going for him in that he’s something of a course specialist as he’s only ever won at Newmarket, unlike the others except Churchill, who won the Dewhurst. The other is the time as the Craven was the quickest for 50 years.
He’s had only two runs and we’ve yet to see the best of him, but I’d say a mile is right on his lower limit.