An entry in the Sussex Stakes suggests there is much more expected of EMPEROR CLAUDIUS and he looked the part when comfortably accounting for Luisant on his return to action at Fairyhouse last week. Jembatt is progressing at a rate of knots and his convincing victory over the C&D a couple of weeks ago is proof that he can go on to better things and he's engaged in the Group 3 The Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh next month. Prince Jock found 1m2f much too far at Navan last time and had performed better over this trip on his earlier starts.
Emperor Claudius (USA) 9-4 (9-0) Made all, ridden to assert over 1f out, kept on strongly, eased close home, comfortably, won at Fairyhouse 7f stks gf beating Luisant (10-0) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.
Jembatt (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Made all, edged clear entering straight, stayed on well from over 1f out, comfortably, won at Naas 7f 3yo hcp 60-90 gf beating Rockymountainhigh (9-8) by 2 1/2l, 15 ran.
Prince Jock (USA) 12-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 3f out, ridden in 4th and no extra 2f out, 6th 1f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 11, 18l behind Carraiglawn (9-5) at Navan 1m 2f 3yo mdn fm in May.