16th June 2019

Double delight for Price Bloodstock on Sunday as Beauty Applause and Lakeshore Eagle took another step up the ladder but each of them advertising that the best is all ahead.

Trainer Chris So continued to insist that Lakeshore Eagle is really a “next season” horse, despite taking his record to an impressive 2 wins from 4 starts in the Class 3 over 1200m, overcoming trouble at the start when he was squeezed out to the rear.

It was Lakeshore Eagle’s first run since January but So said the break between runs was forced on him by the four-year-old’s constitution.

“He’s a good horse, but he is just weak and we need to be patient. He will get stronger in time and then we’ll see his best. The owner is a very nice guy, gave us time, so I put him away, gave him a break after his last run and brought him back today,” So explained.”I don’t know if he will run again this season, it depends on the horse. I will speak to the owner but he has done his job for now and I don’t want to rush him. He is not like other horses where you can race them again after two or three weeks so I might give him another break and bring him back early next season. “

For Beauty Applause, his all-the-way win at the top of Class 4 was also his second win from 4 starts and the John Size-trained three-year-old also fits the template for a horse who will be better with more time.

Joao Moreira took Beauty Applause to the front from the gates and was never headed on the attractively-marked gelding despite carrying the top weight of 133 pounds.

“That was his most impressive run so far and he is getting better with racing,” said Size. “He does most things right and makes his own luck with the early pace that he’s got but he finished the race off very strongly today. I’ll let the horse tell me whether he should run again this season but he should certainly be even better as he matures further as a four-year-old.”