Monday 19 March 2018

Express fitness fears for trial date

Kevin Prendergast believes Dunboyne Express could lack match fitness on his seasonal return in the Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial on Sunday.

The Shamardal colt impressively won his first two starts as a juvenile and was not disgraced when finishing fifth in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

Prendergast is sure his charge is better than he showed that day, but believes the exciting prospect is not as forward as he might be following a harsh winter.

"He was a bit off-colour after Doncaster but he seems in good form now and is ready to start off," said Prendergast.

"We missed a lot of work with snow and frost, though, and while he is fairly forward, I think he will need the run.

"He's done very well through the winter and we're very happy with him. He looks great and we'll see how he runs this weekend.

"That will tell us a lot more."

The three-year-old holds entries in the Irish 1000 Guineas and the Irish Derby, but Prendergast is unsure how far his charge will stay.

"You never know with horses going from two to three until they run," the trainer continued.

"The tail-end of his pedigree says he could get a mile and a half, but close up it says he should be a miler."

Dunboyne Express faces just three rivals in this Group Three contest over a mile, with John Oxx saddling Cork maiden winner Cocozza.

Aidan O'Brien's Exodus and the Jim Bolger-trained Whipless complete the quartet.

Press Association

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport