JOHN BEST is ready to rock’n’roll with his stable star ahead of the Cesarewitch on Saturday.
Eddystone Rock has come on leaps and bounds since stepped up to two miles and Best hopes to get another song out of him at Newmarket.
His seven-year-old romped home at the Shergar Cup before winning well at the Ebor Meeting and Saturday’s big punting race has always been the long-term plan.
Best explained: "We were thinking about this race before York, but once we won so well there we had to come here.
"This is what we’ve been aiming for for some time and we’ve freshened him up since York. We’ve done all we can to have him spot on for Saturday.
"I have been saying it for a long-time, I’ve been itching to step him up in trip and it’s no secret it has brought out heaps of improvement in him.
"We’ve tried him over two miles on the all weather and he just doesn’t go on the all weather like he does on the turf."
The two mile two furlong trip of the Cesarewitch combined with probable ease in the ground is a new test though. But Kent-based Best is confident he will stay the distance.
He added: "We don’t know about this trip until we try it.
"But I think he will stay and I think he will handle the ground and with this race you obviously need your luck in running too.
"On the other hand, how often do you get to run for £350,000 with a horse at this level? That’s why we’ve got to take our chance."
Eddystone Rock is a best-priced 20-1 shot, with the market dominated by Sir Mark Prescott and Willie Mullins runners and Best thinks it is Prescott’s three-year-old the field have to beat.
He said: "Land Of Oz is interesting. He’s won twice since the weights came out and he’s only got a penalty, he must be ahead of his mark.
"It won the trial and quite clearly stays but the ground is a question mark for him too."
Emirates Cesarewitch Stakes
Land Of Oz 7-1
Ranch Hand 8-1
Great White Shark 12-1
Time To Study 16-1
Eddystone Rock 16-1
Coeur De Lion 20-1
However, Best is confident he has his horse in tip-top shape and is delighted for his long-time owners involved in this horse.
He added: "I couldn’t be happier with what we’ve done with him this year for this race plus he’s in great form at home.
"Mark Curtis and Bob Malt have been with me a long time and they’ve become very good friends through racing.
"Everyone at the yard is looking forward to it at the yard and the owners are looking forward to their big day out at Newmarket."
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