A son of Frankel may well win the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday, but while most will expect the colt in question to be Cracksman, Oisin Murphy will be hoping it is Eminent.
Eminent’s exploits last season included a defeat of Salouen – who ran Cracksman mighty close in the Coronation Cup at Epsom earlier this month – in a Group 2 at Deauville and finishing a close fourth in the Derby, one place and three-quarters of a length behind Cracksman.
However, the Martyn Meade-trained four-year-old disappointed on his reappearance at Chester last month, when trailing home last of five after being sent off 8-13 favourite for the Group 2 Huxley Stakes. He was diagnosed with a fibrillating heart after the race.
Murphy, who rode him at Chester and will be in the saddle again at Ascot, said: "He felt fine for the first five furlongs but between the five and the eight I wasn’t that happy, and I was beaten before I turned into the straight.
"Chester was a blip and we think he’s come out of the race fine. I’ve been riding him plenty at home and have been pleased with him."
Cracksman is 4-6 favourite, ahead of Poet's Word at 9-2, with Eminent a 10-1 chance.
"Everyone’s hoping Cracksman doesn’t run to his rating," continued Murphy. "He didn’t at Epsom last time and if he doesn’t then we’ve got a live chance.
"I have a lot of belief in Eminent and he has the type of physique which suggests he should improve from three to four, and on pedigree he’s also bred to do well at four.
“Some of his runs last year were top class and if they had fallen a different way maybe results would have been different. I’ve been handed the reins on him and all I want to do is the best for the horse. If he’s healthy he will run a massive race.”
Royal Ascot meeting commences on Tuesday, picture Liesl King