Eagle on target for Arc
Dermot Weld is looking to Longchamp with stable star Free Eagle for a crack at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
A return this year saw him victorious at Royal Ascot with a narrow verdict over The Grey Gatsby and now with luck on side the master handler will look to France for the biggest day in his colts career.
Talking to AtTheRaces earlier today Weld discussed what will follow for the 4 year old.
“He got a stress fracture of his tibia when he was working exceptionally well last year and that delayed his entire late spring and summer campaign. He didn’t reappear until September, when he won a nice Group race at Leopardstown, and it was then unfortunate on Champions Day at Ascot that he had to run on very heavy ground.”
“We’re always expecting better. I had a hold-up with him just before he won at Royal Ascot, where I thought he put up an excellent performance in winning the Prince of Wales’s. It was lovely to win a nice Group One with him at Royal Ascot but I think there’s more to come and, with luck, he can do better in the autumn.”
“I’m not certain what his best trip is. He’s very good at 10 furlongs as he has a lot of pace, but I believe he can carry it out over a mile and a half. He’s relaxed and well balanced and hopefully he’ll be able to run in the Arc.”
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