New Zealand sprinter Enzo’s Lad will be ridden by David Egan when he contests the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes (5 furlongs) at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.
Egan is rated a rising star amongst the Britain jockey’s ranks and expected to become a familiar name to an international audience in the not-too-distant future.
Son of current jockey John Egan, who has built up a longstanding association with Australian native and current Newmarket-based trainer Jane Chapple-Hyan, Egan was crowned champion apprentice in 2017. Now a fully-fledged professional, he is one of fellow Newmarket-based trainer Roger Varian’s stable jockeys and achieved his highest-profile result when finishing Classic placed on Qabala in last month’s Group 1 1000 Guineas (1m).
Britain has been swept by a nationwide deluge of rain in the last week, with Ascot receiving a whopping 80 millimetres in a seven-day period. While the going was officially described as soft yesterday the track drains famously well.
Although the ground might be on the slow side for Enzo’s Lad when he lines up in the King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday, with Michael Pitman suggesting he ‘prefers a firmer track’, the likelihood of a quicker surface seems significantly greater for his planned tilt at the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6 furlongs) four days later.