Horse Racing: After the Newbury triumph, Epsom Derby’s Zechariah is likely to be done for the season, as Martyn Meade looks for maturity

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Source: Skysports

Horse Racing: Zechariah won the class two Haynes, Hanson & Clark Conditions Stakes at Newbury on Friday, making it two victories from four appearances; trainer Martyn Meade wants to give the two-year-old a chance to mature over the winter before looking for a Derby trial next year.

Martyn Meade is likely to retire Zechariah, his stunning Newbury winner, for the winter and hunt for a suitable Derby trial the following season.

Zechariah had won nicely at Sandown after being beaten in his first two starts before stepping up to a mile in the Haynes, Hanson & Clark Conditions Stakes.

The son of Nathaniel put a good distance between himself and the highly regarded Westover, with Charlie Appleby’s King Of Conquest another five and a half lengths back.

“He was extremely good,” Meade remarked. “I think he acquitted himself very well.”

“I was anxious about the ground, but it turned out to be fine. It appeared to be a significant victory.

“They appeared to be a pleasant lot on paper. In terms of quality, it was definitely closer to a Listed race, but the question now is what happens next.”

The answer appears to be a winter vacation.

Meade continued: “Because he’s still a little raw, I’m leaning toward sending him away and bringing him back as a three-year-old.

“Anywhere we’d have to go right now would put him under a lot of pressure, and I simply believe I’d rather he mature over the winter and come back in top company at three.”

“He’s already done four runs, so he knows what he’s doing, and he’s taught me all I need to know.”

“I just believe he’d be better off maturing before moving up in class.” That is my current thinking, but it is subject to change. He’s a promising player for next season.

“I’m thinking of doing a Derby trial with him; he’s by Nathaniel, so he’ll definitely get 10 furlongs.”

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