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Sir Peter Vela's Eminent Wins France Gr2
Eminent showed why he is so highly thought of at home when strolling to an impressive win in the Gr2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano (10 furlongs) at Deauville in France overnight. Carrying the Pencarrow Stud colours of owner Sir Peter Vela, Eminent appreciated the significant drop in class of Tuesday’s assignment having finishing sixth in the English 2,000 Guineas, fifth in the English Derby, and fourth in the Eclipse Stakes at his past three outings. With champion jockey Ryan Moore riding for the first time, the son of Frankel was sent straight to the lead where he remained throughout scoring by 3 lengths over Salouen & Avilius in the €400,000 feature. "He had a clear run and showed how good he is. I'm absolutely thrilled,” trainer Martyn Meade told Sky Sports. “I'm so thrilled for the horse. He's come through some difficult times and been thrown in the deep end, by me I have to say. He did it in great style. Beating a dual Classic winner in France is quite exciting stuff.” Meade added that Eminent may now be considered for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. “We can all dream, can't we?” he said. “I do think he'd like that distance. I know him so well now, so it just depends how he is at home. If it's a possibility then I'd love to bring him back.” The beautifully related Eminent is out of the Gr1-placed You'll Be Mine (Kingmambo), herself a daughter of Gr1 Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Quarter Moon who was also multiple Gr1-placed in the Irish 1000 Guineas, English Oaks and Irish Oaks. He improved his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Craven Stakes) from 6 starts.