14th June 2020
Price Bloodstock galloper Lakeshore Eagle has been a great study in patience from trainer Chris So after he posted his sixth win from only 12 starts at Sha Tin on Sunday.
In Lakeshore Eagle’s early days, So admitted he had trouble keeping condition on the gelding and was forced to make sure he had plenty of time between his races to recover.
He always showed good ability, though, and has blossomed with maturity this season as a five-year-old, Sunday’s victory his fourth from eight appearances this campaign.
“I always thought he would be better suited by a mile than the shorter races but, because I had trouble keeping weight on him and had to space his races, it was impossible to get him trained for that sort of distance,” So explained. “He has been a slow-maturer and it was only in February I was able to get him to 1600m and now he has won 3 out of 4 at the distance. Conghua training centre has been good for him, and he has improved and relaxed from going there. Next season, I think we might even be able to take him up to 1800m.”
Jockey Karis Teetan is also building his record with Lakeshore Eagle and is unbeaten in three pairings with the gelding.
“He’s a lovely horse and he has improved a lot this season,” said Teetan. “I think he has more to show yet, he won with plenty left in the tank. I think he has enough in him to go to Class 1 and the best asset he has is that turn of foot. He loved the good pace today and responded very quickly when I asked him.”
The son of Master Of Design has now compiled more than $5.5 million in stakes with the best still to come as a six-year-old, if Teetan and So are right.