Eagle Mountain pleases during prep for Joel
EAGLE MOUNTAIN readied himself for his belated reappearance in the Group 3 Joel Stakes at Newmarket on October 3 when pleasing connections in a exercise spin on the little used Beacon Course in the town on Saturday morning.
The Mike de Kock-trained colt was beaten only a short head by Literato in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket last October when trained by Aidan O'Brien and has been in the town since the end of May but has been given plenty of time to come to himself and was accompanied in his work by Arlington Million runner-up Archipenko.
The pair work over a mile with Kevin Shea on Archipenko and Gavin Howes on Eagle Mountain and there was nothing between them in the closing stages with both working well within themselves.
Juan Ner, assistant to De Kock, said: "That was only Eagle Mountain's second piece of turf work since he arrived but he surprised us this morning and he's doing really well. He will run in the Joel Stakes and, depending on how he does there the Champion Stakes would be on the agenda again.
"Archipenko is also in the Champion and that would also have to be seriously considered for him."
After a changeover, Shea took the leg up on Royal Vintage, who finished runner-up to stablemate Honour Devil in the UAE Derby runner-up at Nad Al Sheba in March, and he pleased connections when moving up strongly to finish in front of Lucky Find (Howes) in a spin over six furlongs.
Ner said: "Royal Vintage and Lucky Find had month off after busy campaign in Dubai but they are both coming along nicely now. Royal Vintage will run in the Dubai Duty Duty Free Cup at Newbury on Friday with the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes as his target and Lucky Find will run in a nine furlong conditions event at Great Leighs at the end of the month."