Gelding option for Chelsea Lad

Martyn Meade

Martyn Meade is mulling a gelding operation for Chelsea Lad before aiming to get him back on top form for the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket in the autumn.

The four-year-old has run three times this term, being pulled up on his debut at Newbury in April before going on to place at both York and Windsor when sent off favourite.

Chelsea Lad ran in a hood at Windsor last week but Meade felt the headgear was not ideal and is now weighing up all the options for his lightly-raced charge.

He said: "He needs a bit of cut in the ground. He is a bit of a lad and I think I might geld him, then wait and go for the Cambridgeshire.

"It was disappointing at Windsor the other day as I thought he was going to win that. We put the hood on him to calm him down as he was a bit of a boy, but I think that calmed him down a bit too much.

"The way he was running on at Windsor I thought he was done for and well beaten, then he runs on into third.

"I would not want to step him up to 10 furlongs but I think the nine furlongs (of the Cambridgeshire) would be ideal. Hopefully by that stage he will be a fresh horse and he runs well fresh.

"He is a horse that won't stand a lot of racing so I can't run him all the time. From that point of view that's why I have to select his runs."

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