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    Eydon's Associates Shift Focus to Turf Season
Eydon's Associates Shift Focus to Turf Season
Eydon (centre) by Healy Racing

Eydon's Associates Shift Focus to Turf Season

Connections of Eydon remain optimistic despite his underwhelming return in the Winter Derby following a lengthy hiatus.

Once seen as a promising Derby contender under Roger Varian's tutelage, Eydon, now five years old, reappeared after a 665-day absence under Andrew Balding's care at Southwell last weekend. Despite entering as the fourth favourite at 15-2 in the Group Three race, the son of Olden Times struggled to keep pace, finishing a distant seven and a half lengths behind Military Order.

Eydon's post-race evaluation revealed lameness in his left hind leg. However, a subsequent check-up at Kingsclere indicated no significant concerns, with preparations now focused on the upcoming turf season. The Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown on May 23 has emerged as a potential target for Eydon's return to form.

Racing advisor Ted Voute, representing owner Prince Faisal, shared insights into Eydon's condition post-race. Acknowledging the minor discomfort observed, he mentioned that Eydon has been back in training and appears to be progressing positively.

While discussions of a Dubai campaign have been set aside, the team is cautiously optimistic about Eydon's future, with the Brigadier Gerard Stakes being a key consideration in the coming weeks.


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