Meade excited by Additional promise

Wide-margin winner will step up in class.

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Martyn Meade has high hopes for Additional after the three-year-old got off the mark on his second start at Lingfield on Friday.

The three-year-old colt bolted up by seven and a half lengths when odds-on for a 10-runner novice contest over seven furlongs at Lingfield just three weeks after he was third on his debut at Yarmouth.

Meade has trained several members of Additional’s family including his half-brother Aclaim, who was a Group One winner.

“He ran well first time out at Yarmouth. He hit the front too soon and ran a bit green but that experience was good for him and he won like a really good horse,” said the Manton handler.

“He’s got a very bright future. We’ve trained the family and I’m really pleased he won the way he did.

“He’ll be stepping up in class quite a bit. It’s unlikely we’ll run him in a novice race. We might step him up to Listed class next.

Meade would not be adverse to dropping the son of Night Of Thunder down to six furlongs.

“If anything he’ll be fast enough for six,” he said.

“He won’t be restricted to seven and I’d be really pleased if he did get a mile but at this stage it will be six or seven.

“He’s one to look forward to.”

Meade was pleased Method backed up his home work when making a winning debut at Doncaster the same day.

The two-year-old justified favouritism with a smooth success in the hands of Ryan Moore.

“He’s always been working well at home so we thought of a lot of him and he managed to do it a lot better than we thought. It is very good,” said Meade.

“He’s come out of the race very well. We won’t go too mad with him. We’ll step him up slowly. He obviously won it very well but I don’t think it was a great race and it’s difficult to gauge the form so we’ll have to be realistic about it.

“He holds an entry in the Weatherbys Super Sprint from when he was a yearling but he could progress towards a race like that.”

Fox Vardy fulfilled his early promise to complete an across-the-card treble for the Meade stable with a 14-length romp at Newmarket after being off the track since October.

“Gelding him made a difference. He’s a very immature horse. That’s been the problem with him,” said Meade.

“I was disappointed with him as a three-year-old but he’s got a huge frame. He’s just needed time. Now he should be able to progress a bit.

“He’s all ready to step through the gears. All of them are. They all won fairly convincingly. We just hope the handicapper doesn’t go too mad with Fox Vardy.”

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