Eagle Top to stand at Hedgeholme Stud

Eagle Top: son of Pivotal is "a good-looking, strong horse"

PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos) Eagle Top to stand at Hedgeholme Stud By Zoe Vicarage 12:44PM 31 OCT 2016

LADY BAMFORD'S Group 2-winning homebred Eagle Top is to take up stallion duties at Hedgeholme Stud in Darlington for the 2017 breeding season in a deal arranged by Bamford's bloodstock adviser and racing manager Hugo Lascelles.

A five-year-old son of Pivotal, Eagle Top was bred by Lady Bamford out of her Listed-winning In The Wings mare Gull Wing. He is a brother to this season's Group 2 Dante Stakes hero Wings Of Desire and to 2013 Group 2 Park Hill Stakes winner and Oaks third The Lark. Gull Wing is also a half-sister to dual Oaks heroine Sariska.

Trained by John Gosden, Eagle Top made a winning start to his career when he landed a 1m3f Newbury maiden at three. Having progressed rapidly, he went on to claim the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, beating subsequent dual top-level winner Adelaide by three and a quarter lengths on only his third outing.

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At four he finished in the frame on three occasions and narrowly missed out on success at the highest level when beaten a nose by Postponed in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

After two runs this year it was announced in September that Eagle Top had been retired from racing.

Andrew Spalding of Hedgeholme Stud said: "I was looking for a stallion to complement Intrinsic and it's a great opportunity for breeders to get into a good bloodline.

"Pivotal has been such a good sire of sires and what's appealing about Eagle Top is that he's from a very good family.

"He's a good-looking, strong horse and the fact he won at up to 12 furlongs is a plus. Hopefully he should get a good cross section of mares."

A fee for Eagle Top will be announced at a later date.

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