2,000 Guineas Contender for Sir Peter Vela
Tara Madgwick - Friday, 21 April 2017
The famous colours of New Zealand owner breeder and businessman Sir Peter Vela were carried to victory in the Group III Craven Stakes at Newmarket in the UK overnight by promising Frankel colt Eminent.

A winner on debut in September last year, Eminent was put away for the rest of the year and re-appeared in the Craven Stakes.

Eminent and John Crowley - Pencarrow Stud TwitterThe Martyn Meade trained colt raced to a length and three-quarter win in the one mile contest beating Fastnet Rock's Rivet, who won the Group I Racing Post Trophy last year.

The performance now has him right in the picture for the Group I Qipco 2,000 Guineas over the same course in two weeks time.

"This is what we've been waiting six months for, it's the beginning. Did the bubble burst? No,it's still alive. It couldn't be better," Martyn Meade told Racing Post.

"He was not 100 per cent. He was fit enough but I didn't want to overdo him, it's a trial after all. Today he's proved he can do it with the good horses. I think he'll most likely stay further too."

Winning rider John Crowley was well pleased with the colt.

"I've always liked him," Crowley said. "When he won his maiden here last year he was very impressive, and it's nice that he's proven what he can do today.

"He's a high-class horse and there'll be no problems with him getting further. He'll improve again for the run and hopefully he keeps going forward."

A 150,000 guinea purchase from the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale for Dermot Farrington on behalf of Sir Peter Vela's Pencarrow Stud, Eminent is the second winner for Group I placed Kingmambo mare You'll Be Mine, a half-sister to Group I winner Diamondsandrubies and daughter of Group I winner and Champion 2YO Filly Quarter Moon.

Eminent is the seventh stakes-winner for Frankel.

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