Craven then Derby could be the route for Martin Meade's zippy Zechariah

Martyn Meade has a useful three-year-old colt on his hands in form of Zechariah and he could use Newmarket's Craven meeting as a stepping stone to the Cazoo Epsom Derby.

The Craven Stakes meeting at Newmarket could be a stepping stone for the Cazoo Epsom Derby for Zechariah from the Martyn Meade stable.

The Wiltshire trainer is bouyant on the options for his promising Nathaniel colt who progressed to pick up the Hanson & Clark Conditions Stakes at Newbury in fine style in September.

Meade is considering the classy Craven meeting at Newmarket in April to feed his three-year-old colt in to a potential run in the Epsom Derby.

"At the moment it is a bit of a toss up but I'm leaning towards the Craven first, that's the thinking at the moment," he said.

"He's in good form, he was fairly lightly-raced last year but I think he showed enough to make you think he could be a sensible sort of horse.

"He was a bit immature last year, he's grown and grown and he's a much stronger horse. We were really lucky to do what we did with him as a two-year-old last season."

The Craven Stakes is a route to the Guineas but Meade reckons the one mile, four furlong Derby trip is more up Zechariah's strasse.

"I'm hoping for great things, we'll aim him there (Craven) I think and then the Derby is a possibility with him. That seems to be the best thing on the agenda at the moment," he said.

"I don't think he's a Guineas horse, maybe he needs further than that, but he's doing everything I could possibly want him to do at the moment."

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