Eminent Wins at Newmarket
Dermot Farrington Tattersalls Book 1 purchase Eminent received quotes for next year’s Qipco 2000 Guineas after becoming the latest progeny of the mighty Frankel to taste victory in the John Banks Renault Cambridge EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.
Despite still having plenty of growing to do to fill his sizeable frame, the Martyn Meade-trained two-year-old made the perfect start when casting his rivals aside in the mile contest to earn an opening 50-1 tag for the Classic with Paddy Power.
Although charting a wide path for much of the journey, the 6-1 shot travelled strongly into contention under title-chasing Jim Crowley before pulling impressively clear inside the final quarter of a mile, claiming victory by two and three-quarter lengths.
After a couple of placed and unplaced runners this week, it was back to business as usual for Frankel with an impressive debutant winner. His son Eminent settled well on the outside behind the leaders and came through in the closing stages to win in good style from the staying-on Vantage Point (Galileo). Entered in the Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy and next year’s Gr.1 Derby, the winner is a half-brother to the dual sprint winner As Good As Gold (Oasis Dream) and is the second foal out of the juvenile winner and Gr.1 Fillies’ Mile-third You’ll Be Mine (Kingmambo). Her winning half-siblings are headed by last season’s Gr.1 Pretty Polly Stakes victrix Diamondsandrubies (Fastnet Rock), the Gr.3-placed Born To Be King (Storm Cat) and the Listed-placed How High The Moon (Fastnet Rock)….