Eminent stays on to win the Craven

Filed on 20 Apr 2017 @ 15:34

The Martyn Meade-trained Eminent (Frankel) was an impressive winner of the Group Three bet365 Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday, staying on strongly under Jim Crowley to beat Racing Post Trophy winner Rivet by a length and three quarters.

Doncaster winner Benbatl was third.

Meade said: "I'm so thrilled, it's so nice when they back you up. I've had to show a little bit of caution, but he's shown everything there that we've asked him to do.

"Now what have we got on our hands?

"There were Group winners behind him and he'd only won a maiden. He did it very well.

"I'd hope there's improvement there. He was coming here as a prep race because that is what it is, we didn't have him tuned completely but he did just what we wanted him to do.

"I can hardly speak it is so exciting. He's very special, I'm thrilled to bits with him."

Crowley said: "He's the real deal. When he won his maiden, he was only getting going at the winning line and it was the same today.

"He only hit top gear as he went past the line.

"He's got a great mind this horse and my only worry coming into this race was if he had enough toe for this race as he might want a bit further and there's no question he'll stay further but he has enough boot to win a race like that.

"I think he'd have won wherever he was on the track. I knew I'd got a good tow off Rivet as I knew he'd go forward and what I like about him is that I was first out of the stalls (and) I was able to take him back."

Filed on 20 Apr 2017 @ 15:34