Moteo faces step into unknown

Tuesday, Oct 9 2018

Patrick Prendergast is unsure what to expect from Moteo when she puts her unbeaten record on the line in the Navigation Stakes at Cork.

The daughter of Teofilo created a big impression when making a winning racecourse debut at Leopardstown in August.

She steps up to Listed class on Wednesday for her second assignment, and Prendergast is keeping his fingers crossed she will prove up to the task.

“She was impressive in Leopardstown and she’s in good health,” said the Kildare-based trainer.

“We were in two minds what to do with her. I had her entered in a fillies’ handicap, but the handicapper wouldn’t give her a rating – so we don’t have too many options.

“She did win well in Leopardstown. But the form hasn’t worked out great, and for a Leopardstown maiden it might have been a little sub-standard.

“I’m happy with her, so we said we’d give it a go, and it would be lovely if she can pick up a bit of black type.”

An eight-strong field is headed by the Jim Bolger-trained Zorion, who must concede weight all round – having already won at Listed level this season.

However, he cannot be dismissed lightly after finishing a fine fourth in the Group Two Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown on his latest outing.

Aidan O’Brien is represented by the once-raced Navan scorer North Face, -while his son Joseph saddles Baroness, Julienne and Ship Of Dreams.

Edward Lynam’s Muirin and Shekiba from Joe Murphy’s yard complete the line-up.

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