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Posted in: Royal Ascot News
The Dermot Weld-trained Falcon Eight - who is closely related to the same connections' Free Eagle who won the Prince of Wales's Stakes in 2015 - who has only made four starts to date, could take his chance in the Gold Cup next week.
He made an encouraging reappearance when runner-up in a listed event at Leopardstown last month, shaping as though in need of more emphasis on stamina. He stays two miles well, and is well worth a crack at the even longer trip the Gold Cup presents.
Moyglare’s breeding adviser, Fiona Craig, said: “I don’t think we’ve 100 per cent decided either way on Royal Ascot just yet. We’ve still got a bit of time to decide.
“He’s only had four runs and it does look a very good Gold Cup. You’ve got Stradivarius in there and the Melbourne Cup winner (Cross Counter) and I’ve been very impressed with Mark Johnston’s horse, Dee Ex Bee.
“I think we’re keen to go, but is it the right thing for the horse?”
She added: “He’s quite a lazy horse and because of that he’s hard to judge. When he starts galloping he’s pretty good, but I think he’d be quite happy trotting along at the back of the field if you let him!
“Going for a Gold Cup would be a big step up and that is why Dermot is keen to make a late decision.
“Dermot has plenty of experience with horses like him and I’m sure he’ll do the right thing by the horse.
“There’s a chance he could rock up at Ascot, and if he doesn’t, the Gold Cup is the sort of race we hope he’ll end up in one day.”
Falcoln Eight is a top-priced 25/1 for the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot next week.
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