Martyn Meade to target St Leger with Technician after French win

Tue 25 Jun 2019

Technician will be trained for the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster.

The grey bounced back to winning ways in a Listed event over 10 furlongs at ParisLongchamp earlier this month, having disappointed badly in a Derby trial at Chester previously.

That run came at a time when trainer Martyn Meade’s horses were badly out of form, though, and shortly afterwards he closed his stable for a month.

However, with his string now firing on all cylinders again, new plans can be made for his leading lights.

“He was in a similar situation to Advertise with what happened at Chester – we can just forget about that race,” said Meade.

“He came out of his last race bouncing. I don’t want to over-run him. I haven’t got an absolute plan, but we’ll think about running him in the next couple of weeks or so.

“He ran well enough over 10 furlongs, but ultimately we want to think about pushing him up in distance all the time. We think he’s a mile-and-a-half horse.”

Meade senses Technician, a general 25-1 for the St Leger, may well even have the necessary stamina for the Classic on Town Moor in September.

He said: “I don’t think the Leger will be too far by the time we get to then – hopefully he’ll have had a couple of runs over a mile and a half by then.

“That is certainly a nice one to aim at.

“We may wait to run him in a Leger trial. The ultimate aim is Doncaster – so Goodwood (Gordon Stakes) might work well time-wise, and we want to pick some nice races for him.”

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