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Martyn Meade has Eminent back on track for Royal Ascot

Eminent (centre) making the early running in the Huxley Stakes at Chester (Martin Rickett/PA)

Eminent is back on course for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot after being given a clean bill of health after suffering from a fibrillating heart when disappointing at Chester a week ago.

Trainer Martyn Meade was delighted to report Eminent’s heartbeat went back to normal when settling down and that was borne out by the extensive tests the horse underwent.

“He’s fine. All the reports on his heart and that sort of thing had gone straight back to normal when he had all the tests done,” said Meade.

“The conclusion is that it was a one-off and we will continue with the original plan of going to the Prince of Wales’s.”

He added: “Obviously it was a terrible shock at the time. It was just one of those things when the electrical pulses that go to the heart and he got a bit excited and missed one of those cycles and that goes through the heart in an irregular rhythm.

“Looking at the all the reports and the ECGs, it is a complete one-off. If it is going to be a problem you can see if it had done any damage. It’s actually spot-on normal now.

“We’ll give him a racecourse gallop before and take him him into that enclosed environment.”

Eminent had been expected to run a big race on his seasonal debut in the Huxley Stakes, but finished last of the five runners having been sent off the 8-13 favourite.

He had shown top-class form in 2017, winning at Group Two and Group Three level as well as being Group One-placed.

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