Guineas Fourth Eydon Suffers Another Setback

Andrew Balding

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Exciting talent for Roger Varian, Eydon picked up a setback early into the 2022 season which ruled him out of races like the Derby and French Derby having finished a superb fourth in the 2000 Guineas.

Set to be back this term for a four year old campaign, he has again picked up another setback and his new trainer Andrew Balding has explained he will miss more time off the track.

The four year old was first seen in December 2021 when a close third behind a nice type for John Gosden and then over the same C&D in February he was a short head second to Oceania Legend.

Given his first start on turf at the Craven meeting over 1m1f in the Listed Feilden Stakes, he drifted out to 22/1 on the day but went on to bolt up by over three lengths, seeing off smart challenger Masekela.

Last seen running a cracker in the Group One 2000 Guineas when finishing fourth behind the likes of Coroebus, Native Trail and Luxembourg.

Having not been seen since then, he will again miss key months of this season and instead connections are planning on an autumn campaign.

(Credit ATR) “He’s had another setback so we won’t see him until the autumn unfortunately,” said Ted Voute, owner Prince Faisal’s racing advisor.

“We were sort of thinking about the Brigadier Gerard and I was relishing maybe meeting last year’s Derby winner (Desert Crown). But we have had to back off him and he’ll be back in the autumn.”