Ascot 'logical' step for Eagle
Jockey William Buick has reaffirmed his faith in Royal Ascot winner Eagle Top and believes it would be "logical" to supplement the John Gosden-trained colt for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes next month.
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The son of Pivotal, who is related to Oaks winner Sariska, swept to an impressive success from the heavily-backed Adelaide in the King Edward VII Stakes on Friday, a race Gosden won in 2011 with Nathaniel, who went on to King George glory by beating Derby winner Workforce.
Writing on his At The Races blog, Buick said: "I think you saw an exceptional horse in the making when Eagle Top won the King Edward VII Stakes impressively.
"I firmly believe that he could be absolutely anything because what he did in that race was something that not many horses can do - pick the field up in a very short distance.
"I'm sure that he wouldn't want the ground very quick but Friday's conditions were absolutely fine.
"I won the race on Nathaniel in 2011 and he went on to win the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes so it's logical for Eagle Top to be supplemented - even though Telescope was impressive in the Hardwicke Stakes.
"It's a decent weight-for-age allowance in July and I'd put him ahead of Nathaniel at this stage, although they were completely different horses.
"Nathaniel would grind down the opposition and just not give any horse an inch but Eagle Top has raw pace and ability which I don't think you've seen the best of - yet.
"Remember, he didn't race at two and this was only the third race of his life."