Wednesday 16 October 2019

Irish Derby 'first discussion' for Madhmoon after Epsom

Kevin Prendergast
Kevin Prendergast

Nick Robson

Madhmoon could bid for Classic compensation in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on June 29.

The Kevin Prendergast-trained colt hit the front two furlongs from home in the Investec Derby at Epsom last weekend, and having seemingly fought off all-comers, he succumbed in the final strides to Anthony Van Dyck.

With doubts about his stamina prior to Epsom, the fact he was only beaten by half a length seemed to answer the question.

"The Irish Derby was our first discussion," said racing manager Angus Gold. "We have the option of coming back to a mile and a quarter with him, but if we do that the obvious race is the Eclipse, which we'd have to supplement for anyway.

"The obvious race for Madhmoon is the Irish Champion Stakes - I think he's tailor-made for that - but nobody can say he didn't stay, because if the winner hadn't run he'd have won a Derby.

"He made up his ground so quickly between three and one out that he'd be more effective at a mile and a quarter - I'm not saying he didn't stay, otherwise he wouldn't have been placed.

"He stumbled at the path and Chris Hayes said that just lit him up a little bit earlier than he wanted - he'd have loved to have waited a bit longer."

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