Horse Racing: Trainer Martyn Meade prepared to be patient

Horse Racing Trainer Marty Chelsea Lad

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Trainer Martyn Meade admits he will have to use a patient approach with Chelsea Lad after he ruled him out of action for the next few months.

The three-year-old was expected to have a big campaign after winning two of his first three races.

The bay colt won on debut at Newmarket at the end of 2015 before finishing second at Doncaster in April this year.

He returned to winning ways at Newmarket in May and was expected to start in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot.

However, those plans were put on hold after it was confirmed he had pulled a muscle during his victory on the Rowley Mile.

Instead of targeting a race in the next few weeks, Meade insists he is just going to bide his time as he tries to bring him back to top form and fitness before the end of the campaign.

He said: “He unfortunately got bumped at Newmarket and in doing that pulled a muscle. It is a shame that he had to miss the Britannia as everything had come right for him with the ground.

“It was quite a rough race and he got knocked twice.

Any other horse would have stopped and it would have been easy for him to do that.

“He will be back between the middle and end of the season.

He is a nice horse and we will take our time with him as we don’t want to over do it with him.”

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