PATRICK PRENDERGAST was pleased with how Sugar Boy handled the ground at the Curragh yesterday morning as his Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby candidate worked at the racecourse.
The Authorized colt has not run since winning the Sandown Classic Trial in April, where Galileo Rock and Libertarian, both placed at Epsom, were behind him in third and fourth respectively.
Prendergast, whose charge was second to Battle Of Marengo in the Ballysax Stakes prior to Sandown, has waited for the Curragh Classic in the hope of the track suiting him better than Epsom and the chance of softer ground.
However, with the ground unlikely to be soft at the weekend, Prendergast was keen to see how he coped and both the trainer and jockey Chris Hayes were pleasantly surprised how well he handled a much quicker surface than he is used to racing on.
"He moved beautifully. We held on to him a little bit. He travelled well and looks in great nick, but there's no prize-money out there today!" said Prendergast, who took out a licence in 2003 after spells with Ed Dunlop and Michael Stoute.
"It was a little quick for him but I was delighted how he moved. That's as good as he goes at home."
William Buick will retain the ride on the supplemented Libertarian.
Another supplementary entry was received in the shape of Godolphin's Cap O'Rushes.
Aidan O'Brien confirmed Ruler Of The World was on target, and added that he may be joined by Derby also-ran Festive Cheer.
Jim Bolger will saddle Trading Leather, who ran so well behind Magician in the Irish Guineas.
John Oxx will be represented by Little White Cloud, who has run well in the Derrinstown Trial and the Gallinule Stakes.
Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby – Paddy Power bet: 5/4 Ruler Of The World, 4/1 Libertarian, 5/1 Battle Of Marengo, Trading Leather, 13/2 Galileo Rock, Sugar Boy, 14/1 Festive Cheer, 20/1 Little White Cloud, 33/1 Cap O'Rushes, Count Of Limonade, 66/1 Ralston Road.