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Kevin confident of Kiss' chasing

Bookmakers Paddy Power rate Kevin Prendergast's Kissable a 16/1 chance for Sunday's Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh, the same odds he won the race at last year and again the master trainer is hopeful of a bold show this time around.

The Lady O'Reilly-owned filly is in the company of next year's 1,000 Guineas favourite Memory for Sunday's assignment, while Jessica Harrington's Laughing Lashes is the second favourite, but Prendergast is hopeful of getting a bit of rain so his charge does herself justice.

"Kissable has come on well and we're hoping for a good run." said Prendergast. "I think the track will suit her better than Leopardstown. Leopardstown was a bit tight for her and she got a bit far back and came home well."



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Kissable opened her account at Leopardstown after suffering a surprise defeat first time out at Limerick. She then followed home Together and Laughing Lashes back at the Foxrock track, with both those horses set to feature in the Moyglare as well.

Prendergast is no stranger to this race, having caused a couple of surprises in the past with Termagant, at 16/1 last year, and Miss Beatrix, who was a 14/1 shot when winning in 2006.

The trainer added: "She definitely needs a good dig in the ground, which hopefully we'll get on Sunday. It's a Group One and we'd be delighted if we're in the first three or four. It would be very difficult to compare her to Termagant. It was very heavy ground last year and I think she acted on it well."

Prendergast also revealed that his other entry in the race, Seeharn, would be a non-runner after suffering a setback following her run in the Debutante Stakes. With Kildare in Sunday's All-Ireland football semi-final against Down at Croke Park, the Curragh have promised "a major GAA theme" and the game will be shown on screens throughout the racecourse.

Admission has been reduced to €10 for Sunday's fixture with under 25s and seniors getting in for €5 and ladies and under 16s being admitted free.

There will be a "Search For a Style Icon" competition for the ladies with a €5,000 Newbridge Silverware voucher for the winner, with Rose Of Tralee victor Clare Kambamettu one of the judges.

Meanwhile, Horse Racing Ireland have revealed that racegoers at the Curragh on the weekend of September 11 and 12 will see a celebration of legendary rider Michael Kinane.

Following the wonderful exhibition of the life of Vincent O'Brien last year, HRI have decided to follow that up with an insight into Kinane's life and racing achievements -- of which there were so many.

Kinane said yesterday: "I am very grateful to the Curragh Racecourse and HRI for bestowing the honour of staging an exhibition and look forward to welcoming racegoers on the day.

"I have been kept pretty busy in my first year of retirement! This is a serious weekend's racing, last year I won the Irish Field St Leger with Aldandi for John Oxx so it will be a different kind of weekend this year on my feet hosting the exhibition."


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