Meade had originally indicated that Eminent would return to France for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe but Meade is now seriously considering a trip to Ireland
EMINENT could be set to take on Ballydoyle’s stars in the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.
Martyn Meade’s colt returned to winning ways in France on his last start and Meade has booked top jock Frankie Dettori for the ride in Ireland.
“We’ve left him in and a lot will depend on what else is going to run, but there’s definitely a strong possibility we’ll let him go,” said the Newmarket handler.
“It will be down to what else is declared on Thursday. I’m happy to take on Churchill, but there’s Winter there as well, so we’ll see.
? Templegate’s Treble ?
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- TREBLE 4.45 Hamilton – Guishan: ‘In great form and 3lb rise for last win may not stop her’ (add to your betslip)
“We’re seriously considering it. The horse is in very good form and Frankie Dettori is booked to ride.
“I think the win in France did the horse a lot of good.”
Eminent is one of 14 horses still in contention for the 10-furlong Group 1 showpiece.
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Dual 2,000 Guineas hero Churchill and his dual 1,000 Guineas-winning stablemate Winter are among six possible runners for Aidan O’Brien, along with Cliffs Of Moher, Lancaster Bomber, Taj Mahal and Hydrangea.
Sir Michael Stoute could be represented by Poet’s Word.
The other potential British challengers are the Roger Charlton’s Decorated Knight and Saeed bin Suroor’s Benbatl.
Moonlight Magic, Success Days, The Grey Gatsby and Zhukova make up the field.