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Wind secures Prendergast landmark

Tell The Wind gave Kevin Prendergast a landmark winner with victory in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden at Dundalk.

Veteran handler Prendergast started training in 1963 and this length-and-three-quarter success was the 2,000th of his illustrious career.

Stable jockey Declan McDonogh committed early in the straight and held off Johnny Murtagh's 5-2 joint-favourite, Emerald Ring.

Prendergast has sent out seven Irish Classic winners and also landed the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in 1977 with Nebbiolo.

Winning owner Joe McGrath said: "I was just on the phone to Kevin and he never even mentioned that it was his 2,000th. He just said that she won well and that he was delighted.

"He's only been training horses in those colours for a while. I took them over from my late father about five years ago."

Just last year Prendergast landed a Group One double with Kingsfort in the National Stakes and Termagant in the Moyglare Stud Stakes, while Oscar Schindler gave him back-to-back Irish St Legers in 1996 and 1997.

Prendergast also has a live candidate for Classic honours next year as he is responsible for the unbeaten Dunboyne Express, who is expected to have his next start in either the Dewhurst or the Racing Post Trophy.

Connections of Lady Of The Desert hope she can atone for her near-miss in the Haydock Sprint Cup at Ascot on Sunday.

Brian Meehan's filly was second to Markab on Merseyside having tried her luck over further earlier in the season. Owned by Jaber Abdullah, last year's Lowther winner will be ridden by Richard Hughes for the first time in the John Guest Diadem Stakes due to Martin Dwyer's injury.

"She must have a chance. I know she's a filly and it is always difficult to win these races with them, but she is one of the better ones in the race and she's fresher than most. We are hopeful," said Bruce Raymond, Abdullah's racing manager.

"The French horse (Dalghar) coming over is a good horse but he's coming back in distance and they are guessing more than we are.

"She wouldn't want too much rain. She's quite light on her feet so you'd think she'd want good ground. It's nice for Jaber to have a daughter of his best mare, Queen's Logic, to be as good as this. His breeding operation is coming to fruition.

"She'll be staying in training next year when hopefully we'll have a good crack at all the big sprints when she should be that bit stronger."

Queen's Vase winner Mikhail Glinka returns to the scene of his finest hour for the Grosvenor Casinos Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot on Sunday. A lot has happened to the three-year-old colt since he lifted the Group Three contest over two miles at the Royal meeting in June.

He was bought out of Aidan O'Brien's stable by Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov for whom he was sixth in the Russian Derby and is stabled with Gary Moore in West Sussex.

"He's been going well since he joined us and we're very pleased with him," said Moore.

"He came to me about a month after he won at Royal Ascot. It was a bit of a rush to get him to run in Russia. He's had a better preparation this time and he's in good order.

"The trip might just be a bit on the sharp side for him.

"He's only going to have the one run in this country then he's off to Dubai for the winter."

Mikhail Glinka is the only three-year-old in the seven-runner heat that features the reappearance of Patkai.


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