He has lived up to every expectation we've had of him

Eminent win for Frankel colt

Taken from www.sportinglife.com:

Eminent received quotes for next year's Qipco 2000 Guineas after becoming the latest progeny of the mighty Frankel to taste victory in the John Banks Renault Cambridge EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes at Newmarket.

Despite still having plenty of growing to do to fill his sizeable frame, the Martyn Meade-trained two-year-old made the perfect start when casting his rivals aside in the mile prize to earn an opening 25/1 tag for the colts' Classic with Sky Bet.

Although charting a wide path for much of the journey, the 6/1 shot travelled strongly into contention under title-chasing Jim Crowley before pulling impressively clear inside the final quarter of a mile, claiming victory by two and three-quarter lengths.

Meade said: "The pressure is off. He could not have done any better or anything more for us. Luckily he (Crowley) managed to pull him up before hitting the High Street.

"I was a bit worried when he was out on his own, but by that time the penny had dropped and he had got sorted out.

"We brought him here earlier in the week to have a look around the parade ring and he conducted himself like a true professional. He has lived up to every expectation we've had of him.

"The great thing is we've taken our time with him and not rushed him. That might be it (for the year) as I don't want to do too much more. He will be a lovely three-year-old."


Eminent is out of Fillies' Mile Gr.1 third You'll Be Mine, whose dam Quarter Moon was a Champion two-year-old in Ireland and a sister to Irish 1000 Guineas winner Yesterday. Eminent was sold for 150,000 guineas as a yearling at Tattersalls Book 1 in 2015 - and is the seventh Frankel winner (out of 13 through the ring) to come out of that sale.

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