Friday 18 October 2019

Madhmoon to move down in trip with Champion Stakes next on agenda

Trainer Kevin Prendergast. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Trainer Kevin Prendergast. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Madhmoon will drop back in trip for the rest of the season after Kevin Prendergast's three-year-old failed to land a blow in last week's Irish Derby.

The son of Dawn Approach couldn't back up his Epsom Derby second when fourth behind shock winner Sovereign and Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's charge will drop back to 10 furlongs after a mid-season break.

"Our horse doesn't look a stayer, he's not bred to be one and will certainly be coming back to a mile and a quarter, where I think he'll be more effective," Angus Gold, Al Maktoum's racing manager, said.

"Maybe when he's matured, he might even drop back to a mile one day. The obvious target has always been the Irish Champion Stakes (September 14 at Leopardstown). Whether he has a run before, I couldn't say."

Meanwhile, followers of the jumping game will have their eyes on Tipperary tonight, where Cheltenham scorer Band Of Outlaws will take beating in the Grade Three Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle (7.20).

Joseph O'Brien's Fred Winter winner looks a cut above his four rivals and can score under JJ Slevin, while O'Brien also has a strong hand in the Listed Coolmore US Navy Flag Tipperary Stakes (6.45), with Air Force Jet and Royal Affair taking their chance.

The English challenge is a strong one, however, with Archie Watson sending over Illusionist and Robert Cowell saddling Strive For Glory.

The Indaver Ireland Handicap (5.55) is the feature at Bellewstown tonight, where O'Brien's True Blue Moon will attract plenty of support.

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