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Prendergast gives Meld a miss to Recharge batteries

Recharge will not take up his engagement in the Jockey Club of Turkey Meld Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday.

Trainer Kevin Prendergast has decided to give the four-year-old more time to recover following a lacklustre performance at the Curragh last month after which he scoped dirty.

His form before that had been most consistent this season and included a Listed success and second place behind Fame And Glory in the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup.

"He's a non-runner. He's coming on all right, but we're just giving him more time after the setback he had," said Prendergast. The Co Kildare handler also reported Termagant to be back cantering after suffering from a muscle problem. "She's coming back now. She had a muscle problem, so we had to give her time off but she's back cantering again," he added.

The Powerscourt filly won the Group One Moyglare Stakes last autumn but lost her unbeaten record when ninth to Bethrah in the Irish 1000 Guineas on her only start so far this season.

Prendergast's Dunboyne Express, meanwhile, will bid for Group One glory following his emphatic Group Three Anglesey Stakes success at the Curragh on Sunday. Connections of the unbeaten colt are thinking of running the son of Shamardal in either the six-furlong Keeneland Phoenix Stakes or the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes over seven furlongs.

Both races are back at the Curragh on August 8 and September 11 respectively.

Prendergast's said: "You can't do more than win. I talked to the owner after the race and we mentioned the Phoenix Stakes and he's also in the National Stakes. He'll go one or the other."


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