Eagle continues Top week for Gosden
Eagle Top continued what has been a terrific week at Royal Ascot for trainer John Gosden, taking the King Edward VII Stakes under William Buick, thwarting a big gamble on Aidan O’Brien’s Adelaide in the process.
Adelaide had backed as if defeat was out of the question earlier today and having been sent off the 6/5 favourite, things seemed to be going to plan as he moved to make a challenge before the 2 pole. Richard Hannon’s Bunker looked to be the main challenger to the jolly at this stage but Buick was only beginning to get Eagle Top, a maiden winner at Newbury in April, in to gear on the outside of the field having settled in, in rear early on.
Buick would take a slight pull as the field passed the 2 furlong marker, before eventually kicking for home inside the final furlong and coming home a cozy 3 1/4 length winner from Adelaide, with 25/1 shot Scotland running on strongly for third.
After his fourth win of the week Gosden told Racing UK: “I didn’t realise he was this good. He swatted them off in a matter of strides. It was only his third run and everything is open to him.
“He baffled me a bit today. I just didn’t realise he had that kind of speed.
“He came here, he didn’t turn a hair and was very relaxed. He’s got all the attributes of a top, top racehorse.
“This horse… you’ll be hearing a lot more from him.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
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