Eclipse bid next for Eminent?

Eminent: Sandown likely to be the next port of call.

Martyn Meade is contemplating dropping Eminent back in trip for a tilt at next month's Coral-Eclipse at Sandown after ruling him out of an appearance in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

The 10-furlong Group One prize on July 8 is one of two races being considered by the Newmarket handler for the Frankel colt, who finished fourth in Saturday's Derby at Epsom.

Meade said: "First of all, the most important thing is he has come out of the race okay and he lives to fight another day.

"No doubt a race like that will take it's toll on any three-year-old and he has lost a little bit of weight. He does look great, but as he is a big horse he will need a bit of time.

"He is not actually in the Irish Derby and I don't think he will go for that. He might go for the Eclipse and we will consider the Grand Prix de Paris (July 14) as he is in both of them.

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"They are later than the Irish race so it gives us sufficient time to get him back to his best.

"It would be quite good to try the stiff mile and a quarter at Sandown, as it obviously helps it is a big striding track and that is what he needs. He will go for one or the other."

Although Meade was left disappointed by the finishing position of Eminent in the Derby, the handler is confident his charge has what it takes to strike at the top level at some point this season.

He said: "I am disappointed it didn't work out as we anticipated in the Derby. I have always said you have got to have the luck in running and a few things didn't go our way.

"One thing I didn't want was for him to be held up and that's what happened. He broke so well, but then the next minute he was right back and unable to use his stride. I am not wanting to be critical from that point of view as Jim (Crowley) has to ride the race how he finds it.

"Unfortunately Jim lost his whip. They squeezed him out, but you are not going to be able to squeeze through past jockeys as strong as Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore without a whip.

"I am not saying we would have beaten the winner as he came down the outside with a wet sail, but I certainly think we would have been second or third. Maybe we have now got rid of our bad luck.

"The great thing is that run gives me confidence there is a Group One in him this year."

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