Method Heading Back To Newmarket After Poor Middle Park Outing


Martyn Meade's Method will head back to Newmarket for his next outing, looking to put right his poor run in the Middle Park Stakes last weekend, where he effectively lost his chance of going close from the start.

The son of Mehmas has made a really exciting start to life on a racecourse winning in good fashion at Doncaster on debut and that form since has been franked having beat Group 2 Prix du Calvados winner Fev Rover by four and a quarter lengths that day.

Off the back of that win he headed to Newbury in the Listed Rose Bowl Stakes and again showed a very taking performance to land the contest.

His owners, after his Listed win decided to swerve both the Group One Prix Morny and the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood for the Middle Park Stakes, but it did not go to plan.

The colts race was over almost as soon as the stalls opened when Frankie Dettori’s saddle slipped forwards meaning he had very little control from the outset.

(Credit ATR) Meade said: “What can you say?

“Frankie wanted to take him down early and then get him in the stalls early with the aim of them dropping him in, but he jumped sharply and the saddle slipped. There’s not much more we can say about it. I was extremely disappointed.

“We’d thought of taking him to France, but it would mean using a different jockey so we might go to the Cornwallis over five furlongs.

“Obviously that’s not what he’s been running over, but I’ll look at his sectionals – not from the Middle Park, obviously!

“It was a bad day all round. We’d missed everything else purposefully for the Middle Park and then that happens.

“I don’t think five is his ideal trip, but he wouldn’t have a penalty and he needs to run somewhere.”