William Muir was thrilled with Pyledriver’s seasonal reappearance on Saturday and will lead his stable star in the Coronation Cup at Epsom next month.
The Lambourn coach expects the four-year-old to be “perfect” for Group 1 on the Derby course and distance on June 4 after blowing the cobwebs with a very encouraging effort in the Jockey Club Stakes.
Muir felt Pyledriver fatigued in the finals but ran a great race nonetheless running Sir Ron Priestley in race form at two and a quarter lengths in Group Two at Newmarket.
“He came off very well. His legs are great, he trotted well, he ate his food, he is fine,” he said.
“He was probably just shy of match fitness and that left him a little cool. I did it on purpose because this race wasn’t the first and foremost.”
“My main goal is to win groups with him this year.
“The pitch was really fast and, tired this last moment, he just rolled, but he came out well. It will calm him down.
“We finished second in Group 2 and are in great shape to move forward.
“He’s going straight to Epsom now for the Coronation. Win, lose or draw, he was always going to go. He’ll be perfect at Epsom.
“There will be no excuses there and there were no excuses on Saturday. Sir Ron Priestley was better than us.
“Pyledriver did a light canter on Monday morning. We’re very happy and it’s forward and up.”