Wednesday 26 October 2016

Smullen expecting Eagle to soar in Far East

Published 08/12/2015 | 19:41

Pat Smullen on Free Eagle
Pat Smullen on Free Eagle

Pat Smullen reports Free Eagle to be in "tremendous form" ahead of his swansong in Sunday's Longines Hong Kong Cup.

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A narrow winner of the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, the Dermot Weld-trained four-year-old then finished third after being heavily bumped by Golden Horn in a controversial climax to the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

He was unable to lay a glove on John Gosden's brilliant colt in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, but Smullen is hopeful he can bounce back in the Far East in what is set to be his final competitive appearance before retiring to the Irish National Stud in 2016.

Speaking at Monday's Horse Racing Ireland Awards ceremony at Leopardstown, the jockey said: "He's in tremendous form and has been trained for the race.

"It's been well documented that he seems to be a good horse fresh. He's been freshened up and goes there in great shape."

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