King Edward VII Stakes winner Eagle Top, who recorded one of the most striking performances at a vintage Royal Ascot meeting this week, is unlikely to be aimed at the Ladbrokes St Leger later this year according to trainer John Gosden. The trainer intends to keep the son of Pivotal to a mile and a half for the time being at least, although the Newmarket handler is likely to step Lady Bamford’s colt up to Group 1 level for his next race, saying:
“He’s not in the King George but we would not be frightened of supplementing him. We did it with Nathaniel. If this horse is right it will be considered, but it’s absolutely not definite at this stage. Let’s take one step at a time. We could wait until September or October.
“I don’t like the idea of the St Leger. I’ve got two nice colt’s for that. This one has too much natural speed and will stay at a mile and a half.”
The two horses in question with the Doncaster Classic in mind, Romsdal and Forever Now, can be backed at 5-1 and 20-1 respectively for the Town Moor race won last year by subsequent Ascot Gold Cup winner Leading Light, and if either proved successful in three month’s time would give Gosden his fifth victory following Shantou, Lucarno, Arctic Cosmos and Masked Marvel.
Bookmaker Racebets quote Eagle Top at only 4-1 for next month’s King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot but are currently the only firm betting on the mid-summer showpiece whereas in a much stronger market for Europe’s richest race, Longchamp’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe in October, the mount of William Buick is on offer at a top price 16-1 available on Winner