Saturday , July 31 2021

Technician is targeting St Leger demands with a gutsy Geoffrey Freer win

Watch a full iteration of how Martyn Meade's accusation bounced back to shape up to improve Morando to land the Group Three award at Newbury plus a reaction from Rob Hornby.

A technician advanced his claims of a shot at Classic glory at William Hill St Leger in Doncaster next month with a win at the Unibet Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury.

Finding Goodwood's zeros against him one last time out, Martyn Meade's head coached gray returned to form with difficult success in the Group Three award.

Showing an abundance of stamina, the Mastercraftsman's son seemed to appreciate every yard of the extended one-mile-five-mile trip, gradually warming to the task before defeating favor Morando at three quarters in length.

Meade's son and assistant, Freddie, said of the 10-1 scorer: "He was a fun horse. It's very difficult because you only have a short time to work on these horses. He only had six races.

"A gallop track and some juice on the ground helped, and he just keeps on giving. Rob (Hornby) said he felt the whole way he would get there.

"With all the credit to him, he managed to win over a mile and a quarter and drove a mile and a half and walked around now, I think these trips will be his distance.

"We'll have to talk to everyone, but this (Leger) has been on our radar for a while and I think the extra trip and the terrain as it could be at Doncaster may be a logical step.

"He could never find a good, good pace (at Goodwood) where he could fight.

"As he showed at Longchamp, he likes to lower his head and catch and he never had that opportunity at Goodwood."

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