Wednesday 21 February 2018

Prendergast expecting 'big race' from Sugar Boy in Irish Derby

Trainer Aidan O'Brien
Trainer Aidan O'Brien

Sugar Boy looks set to take his chance in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on June 29 regardless of ground conditions, although connections are hoping for some cut in the ground.

Trainer Patrick Prendergast, who is based on the Curragh, will be having his first runner in the Classic with the progressive son of Authorized, which had Investec Derby second Libertarian in fourth when winning the Sandown Classic Trial last time out.

Franking the form of that race further was third home Galileo Rock, which went on to occupy the same position at Epsom.

Prendergast said: "Sugar Boy has thrived since the Sandown race. The horse would like a bit of juice in the ground but either way he is a definite runner and I can see him running a very big race."

His jockey Chris Hayes added: "I'm probably the only one in Ireland who doesn't want this weather at the minute. I'm hoping we get a bit of rain coming up, not that he needs heavy or soft ground. I wouldn't like to catch him on firm. It's a stiff track running down that hill."

Aidan O'Brien (left) is likely to run only Epsom victor Ruler Of The World, and reports the Galileo colt in good form following his Epsom exertions.

"Ruler Of The World has come out of the Epsom race in great shape and it's all systems go for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby," said O'Brien.

"We couldn't be happier with the horse and at the moment he's likely to be our only runner in the race."

David Wachman, meanwhile, believes the best is yet to come from Galileo Rock, although he is not yet a confirmed starter at the Curragh.

Wachman said: "He has come out of the Epsom race in great form. The horse has several race options open to him but the Irish Derby is high on the list and we will make a decision nearer the time.

"You would imagine the Curragh would suit him."

Irish Independent

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