Meade prepares Technician for Ascot Gold Cup bid
Trainer Martyn Meade has confirmed that Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak winner Technician will have a prep run before lining up in the Ascot Gold Cup at the Royal Meeting, which is set to start on June 16.
The grey four-year-old went from strength to strength in the staying division last year and ended his campaign on a high with a glittering display at Longchamp in October, having previously taken the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes and Group 2 Prix Chaudenay.
Meade has high hopes of another strong season from Technician, who is 21.00 to win the Ascot Gold Cup.
The Marlborough handler will look at the rescheduled Sagaro Stakes or the Coronation Cup as a starting point for Technician, who has the Ascot Gold Cup set in stone as his target this year.
"The Sagaro is at Newcastle," Meade said. "That’s a Group 3 so he would have to carry a bit of weight there and I’m not so sure about the all-weather - Mastercraftsman’s [progeny] don’t have a great record on the surface. There is the Coronation Cup over a mile and a half so we could have a go at that.
"The Gold Cup is his main target, so it would be nice to get a prep run in before that.
"We know he’s much better with a bit of cut in the ground. We were hoping we might get a bit softer ground in the spring, but now it looks like we are heading straight into summer ground.
"It’s not that he doesn’t go on quicker ground, he just doesn’t show his best on it. He disappointed in the St Leger on fast ground at Doncaster. He’s currently in very good form and we’re hoping for a good season with him."
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