Eagle Top: has been given more time to get over last run
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EAGLE TOP has been given more time to get over his effort in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes after his connections decided against giving the exciting colt his next start at York on Wednesday.
The King Edward VII Stakes winner had entries in both the Juddmonte International and the Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes but is now likely to be prepared for one of the significant autumn prizes.
Hugo Lascelles, racing manager to Eagle Top’s owner Lady Bamford, said: “We were only just looking at York and have decided to give him a bit more of a break. He is a young, immature horse and we want to give him a chance. There are no plans at the moment.”
Eagle Top, who finished fourth in the King George, has an entry in the Ladbrokes St Leger for which he has remained prominent in the betting despite trainer John Gosden having ruled the race out of his plans.
Lascelles added: “I think the trainer has stated that he is not going to run in the St Leger and as of two or three days ago we certainly weren’t doing it. There are various options for him. He could go for something in France. He has an entry in the Qipco Champion Stakes.
“We felt two races in the space of just over 20 days was going to be too much for him and he had quite a hard race at Ascot. The Arc is an option but he is actually not in it so we would have to take a view about that.”
The ten declarations for the Voltigeur were headed by Derby second Kingston Hill who looks set to take his chance despite conditions drying out at York.
Trainer Roger Varian said: “We are committed to going unless I am not happy when I get there. He has taken his own umbrella to the races so far this year and that could be the case again this time. There is the odd shower that might come through so hopefully it will be good, safe ground.
“Of course we are itching to run him on easier ground but that is in the lap of the gods and although there has been rain around this summer it has never worked out for him. He has run fine races this year without winning and he is in good form. We want him to run and are looking forward to doing so.”
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