Martyn Meade is ready to find out how good Lone Eagle is when her stable star races in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
The Galileo colt missed the Irish Derby terribly against Hurricane Lane, having made a bold bid under Frankie Dettori – who is keen to keep the partnership.
On Saturday he will face another Godolphin Derby winner in last month’s Epsom hero Adayar, while Aidan O’Brien’s Love also seems a formidable opponent.
“I was delighted with his run at the Curragh – everything he did in the race was right other than the result I guess,” Meade said.
“He’s done really well. He’s a very simple horse and he’s just blossoming, I think.
“Saturday is a big task, but I have no doubts that he will produce a very good performance there.”
Dettori made a bold move three stages away from the Curragh, and Meade thought to the stadium scorer it would be a winning decision.
He told Nick Luck’s Daily podcast: “The way the race went meant we were in the lead – I thought the pace maker would take us further in the race, but Frankie had no option for continue when he did.
“At two stages I thought it wasn’t ideal to continue at this point – but at one stage I thought ‘God damn there is a chance we would win this.’ I could see the blue colors speed up, but I didn’t do it don’t think it was going to get there.
“Because our horse had nothing to aim for when the other horse arrived, we didn’t have time to gain momentum and fight with the other horse, so it was a beautifully timed race. with regard to (William) Buick.
“I would love to see what would happen if we resumed the race and at the two-meter bar if the winner was upside down – that would have been interesting, but of course we will never know.
“Frankie was very excited about the horse, although obviously upset with the result. He said he kept giving and giving and couldn’t ask for more. Saturday.
“We still don’t know how good it can be. Maybe the Curragh was the pinnacle, maybe not – we’ll find out on Saturday.”
Buick is on Adayar this weekend, having overlooked him at Epsom in favor of Hurricane Lane – who finished third.
“The King George is always a fascinating race – and this year it has attracted all the best three-year-olds, older horses and fillies,” he said.
“I think this year’s three-year-old is a good group. You can’t take away what Adayar did at Epsom – he was a really good Derby winner, and looking back it wasn’t a success. complete surprise.
“Although he didn’t win both of his events, he ran well in both – and he’s bred to be very good.
“He brought Hurricane Lane back to third. Hurricane Lane took the Derby really well, and it has to be said that he took a step forward for sure.
“We’ll find out how good Adayar is on Saturday. The two are separated for now, but I suspect they’ll meet up somewhere later.
“He gets an attractive weight in the King George – as a Derby winner he has to have an obvious chance in the race.”