HomeSportsKing George: Trainer Martyn Meade planning Ascot challenge with Lone Eagle following Hurricane Lane ‘form boost’
King George: Trainer Martyn Meade planning Ascot challenge with Lone Eagle following Hurricane Lane ‘form boost’
July 15, 2021
Lone Eagle is on track for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes after his Irish Derby type was totally franked by Hurricane Lane’s Grand Prix de Paris victory.
The 2 colts crossed paths on the Curragh within the 12-furlong Basic in June, with Godolphin’s Hurricane Lane prevailing narrowly only a neck forward of Lone Eagle and Ballydoyle’s Wordsworth an additional seven lengths again in third.
Lone Eagle has not run since, however each Hurricane Lane and Wordsworth had been in motion in Wednesday’s Group One function at ParisLongchamp – the place they completed first and second respectively.
Martyn Meade, Lone Eagle’s coach, was already contemplating the King George as a subsequent engagement for his colt – and this month’s Ascot Group One appears to be like much more probably after his type was emphatically rubber-stamped on the high degree in Paris.
“It is a good type enhance, and he is in good type himself,” mentioned Meade.
“That franked the shape properly, and likewise the second-placed horse was third to us on the Curragh.
“It is a large ask, per week on Saturday at Ascot, however I feel that is the place we’ll go.
“That is the plan in the intervening time, to run within the King George.”
Lone Eagle was not in a position to take up his entry within the Derby following an unsatisfactory scope, however Meade studies him in positive form after his Curragh exploits.
“Contact wooden, nothing goes incorrect prefer it did earlier than the Derby,” he mentioned.
“He wasn’t fairly 100 per cent. However he is positive now – he is in nice type.”