Martyn Meade is able to discover out simply how good Lone Eagle is when his steady star runs within the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
The Galileo colt missed out agonisingly within the Irish Derby to Hurricane Lane, having made a daring bid underneath Frankie Dettori – who’s eager to retain the partnership.
On Saturday he faces one other Godolphin Derby winner in final month’s Epsom hero Adayar, whereas Aidan O’Brien’s Love additionally seems to be a formidable opponent.
“I used to be thrilled together with his run on the Curragh – every thing he did within the race was proper, other than the consequence I suppose,” stated Meade.
“He is come out of it very properly. He is a horse that could be very simple and he is simply flourishing, I feel.
“Saturday is a giant activity, however I am assured he’ll produce a very good exhibiting there.”
Dettori made a daring transfer three furlongs out on the Curragh, and Meade thought on the furlong marker that it might be a race-winning choice.
He instructed Nick Luck’s Each day podcast: “The way in which the race panned out meant we had been left in entrance – I assumed the tempo maker would take us additional into the race, however Frankie had no choice to go on when he did.
“Two furlongs out I used to be pondering it wasn’t perfect to go on at this stage – however a furlong out I assumed ‘good Lord, there’s an opportunity we’ll win this’. I might see the blue colors quickening, however I did not suppose he was going to get there.
“As a result of our horse had nothing to purpose at when the opposite horse got here, there was no time to get momentum once more and have a struggle with the opposite horse, so it was a superbly timed run so far as (William) Buick was involved.
“I might like to see what would occur if we ran the race once more and on the two furlong marker if the winner was upsides – that might have been attention-grabbing, however in fact we’ll by no means know.
“Frankie was very enthusiastic concerning the horse, whereas clearly being upset concerning the consequence. He stated he simply stored on giving and giving and could not ask for any extra. He stated he was a delight to journey and was eager to journey once more on Saturday.
“We nonetheless do not understand how good he will be. Perhaps the Curragh was the top, perhaps not – we’ll discover out on Saturday.”
Buick is on Adayar this weekend, having ignored him at Epsom in favour of Hurricane Lane – who completed third.
“The King George is all the time an interesting race – and this 12 months it has attracted all the most effective three-year-olds, older horses and fillies,” he stated.
“I feel this 12 months’s three-year-olds are an excellent bunch. You’ll be able to’t take away from what Adayar did at Epsom – he was an excellent Derby winner, and looking out again it did not come as an entire shock.
“Though he did not win his two trials, he ran properly in each – and he is bred to be superb.
“He had Hurricane Lane again in third. Hurricane Lane took the Derby very properly, and also you’d must say he has taken a step ahead for positive.
“We’ll learn how good Adayar is on Saturday. The 2 are being stored aside for now, however I think someplace down the road they’ll meet once more.
“He will get a gorgeous weight pull within the King George – as a Derby winner, he will need to have an apparent probability within the race.”