Eydon's stamina can be a telling factor in his Qipco 2000 Guineas tilt at Newmarket on Saturday, April 30 says jockey David Egan.
A rising star in the riding world, 22-year-old Egan knows what it takes to win big races having won the Saudi Cup last year on the Gosden's Mishriff.
The Roger Varian trained three year-old has progressed nicely to win the Listed Feildon Stakes at Newmarket last time out and that was over a slightly extended one mile and one furlong meaning staying power should not be an issue.
"It was Prince Faisal's decision to step him up," said Egan. "Obviously he had been beaten twice on the all-weather at Newcastle and finished behind some nice horses, but it was a brave decision to step him up in company, and he took it well within his stride and won it decisively. "His pedigree has a lot of stamina in it. Prince Faisal knows the family, as he had the father and bred the horse himself. "Going into the Feilden, the Prince was telling me how much confidence he has about his stamina. "Dropping back to a mile (in the Guineas), stamina is going to play to our strengths and what also will probably play to our strengths is how well he travelled into the Feilden Stakes off a slowly-run pace." Egan isn't fazed by the draw or the drying conditions in East Anglia, suggesting that Eydon has the ability to deal with everything the race can throw at him. He added: "They are going to go a lot faster, but I'm happy with the draw. As long as you are not out on the wing, any draw is good, because you have so many good horses in the race. "Coroebus, Luxembourg and Perfect Power are drawn one, four and three respectively. "They are three very strong, competitive horses. I'm sure it will be a strongly-run event as it is normally in every Guineas. We will have a plan in place before we go out and hopefully he is good enough to take the step up in grade." The Qipco 2000 Guineas takes place at Newmarket racecourse on Saturday, April 30 and will go to post at 15.40.
Eydon (Olden Times) takes a big step forward in the Mishriff colours to score at @NewmarketRace, earning quotes of 20/1 for the 2000 Guineas & Derby for @DavidEgan99 & @varianstable pic.twitter.com/nTjjzABjGx
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