Meehan bullish about Junior chance

Brian Meehan is confident that David Junior can regain the winning thread in the Petros Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock tomorrow.

Brian Meehan is confident that David Junior can regain the winning thread in the Petros Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock tomorrow.

The three-year-old colt had won two Listed races by eight and five lengths respectively over a mile and a quarter before dropping back to a mile for the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

And he was only beaten five lengths by Proclamation when seventh in the last week’s Group One contest.

“I’ll very surprised if he doesn’t win tomorrow,” said Meehan. “He’s fine and in great shape. It was a good run in the Sussex, but the step back up to a mile and a quarter will suit him.”

Tomorrow’s Group Three event has cut up with only five horses being declared.

Of the importance of tactics in such a small field, Meehan added: “We’ll just have to wait and see.”

The other three-year-old in the line-up is Perfectperformance but the Godolphin colt, winner of the Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes, will be having his first race since being well beaten in the Dewhurst Stakes last October.

Pick of the older trio appears to the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Notable Guest.

He won two competitive handicaps at Newmarket and at Royal Ascot at York before finishing down the field in the John Smith’s Cup on his return to the Knavesmire.

Welcome Stranger will be bidding to give James Eustace a tonic as the Newmarket trainer has recently had his appendix removed and was due out of hospital today.

The five-year-old defeated Godolphin’s Belenus in a Listed race at Newbury last month.

Completing the line-up is the Richard Fahey-trained Opening Ceremony.

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