Lone Eagle fuelled Derby desires for the Martyn Meade workforce with victory within the Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes at Newmarket.
The Galileo colt demonstrated the perfect of his battling skills within the Group Three contest, making his first try over a mile and 1 / 4 a profitable one.
Racing within the entrance pair all through, the 16-5 shot confirmed stamina may be very a lot his forte when forging clear late on to defeat his Sandown conqueror Recovery Run by a size and three-quarters, finishing a hat-trick of wins for the season.
Assistant coach Freddie Meade: “He confirmed an incredible perspective to knuckle down and get the job executed. With the bottom the best way it’s you do not wish to be too distant.
“He has been headed prior to now over shorter journeys and battled again so I used to be all the time optimistic he would have sufficient to get on high in the long run. We spoke again at Goodwood and we thought this is likely to be a goal so I’m glad it has come off.
“I feel now we have to dream of a Derby marketing campaign first and see the place we go on the best way to that. Whether we take a look at a Derby trial after which we will all the time rethink if issues change.
“I feel that will probably be him for the yr as he has progressed properly and may have a well-deserved break.”
Winning jockey Silvestre de Sousa – who loved a Group-race treble on the monitor on Friday – believes Lone Eagle may develop right into a contender for the Derby, for which he was launched at 50-1 by Betfair.
He mentioned: “It was a pleasant efficiency as it’s not straightforward for a two-year-old on that type of floor. He is de facto robust, he is not very large however he gallops together with his coronary heart out. I’m simply happy he has gained three.
“Next yr you may take a look at a Derby trial after which probably the Derby if he retains enhancing by the winter.”