Madhmoon on track for Leopardstown win number three
Twice a winner at Leopardstown last year, the Kevin
Prendergast-trained Madhmoon can take the Group 3 Invesco Pension
Consultants Desmond Stakes at the Dublin track this evening.
Fourth in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and a narrow
runner-up in the Epsom Derby, he was well beaten behind surprise winner
Sovereign in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh last time but makes
loads of appeal as he drops in class and goes back down in trip.
Nicely clear on ratings, he’s certainly the one to beat
under Chris Hayes and can win from Ancient Spirit which made a bright start for
Jim Bolger when third to Ballydoyle’s Mohawk over a furlong further here a
Prendergast’s fellow Curragh trainer Johnny Murtagh might land
the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden with the once-raced Camachita.
She recovered from a tardy start to take fourth place behind easy winner One Voice
and subsequent Naas scorer Auxilia over seven furlongs here last month and is
likely to go better now.
It could be a big night for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane. They took
the claiming race at Gowran Park last evening with Tennessee Wildcat and
perhaps, in the same colours, the well-treated Tony The Gent can win the
Manguard Plus Claiming Race. The six-year-old is holding his form well and
arrives here with good recent runs at the Curragh and Killarney (twice) to his
Lyons and Keane can also win the All Saints Irish EBF Maiden
with Merricourt which has his first outing since early April. He ran
well in three starts last season and there was plenty to like about his return
over this course earlier in the year. He lost his chance at the start that day
and is readily given another chance.
A treble for the Meath combination is on the cards and they
can round off the evening with Heliac which can complete a treble of his
own in the concluding Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap. She was a
winner over this distance at Cork in may and went in again at Roscommon last
month where she cosily accounted for the consistent Millswyn and subsequent
winner Leagan Gaeilge.
Pillmakers Hill has a 6lbs penalty to carry for his win at Gowran
Park last night in the Grant Thornton Apprentice Handicap but a bigger obstacle
to a quick follow-up could be the draw the six-year-old has to contend with. He
runs from stall 18 and in the circumstances is worth opposing. A far safer
option is Red Gerry which had a troubled passage at Galway last time and
has definite prospects on his earlier form at Navan and Gowran Park.
Aidan O'Brien and his son Donnacha should have the winning of
the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden with Mythic which shaped up
well on her first start behind her own stable companion Petite Mustique over
this distance at Galway.
Selections: 4.50 Camachita; 5.25 Tony The Gent; 6.00
Mythic; 6.30 Merricourt; 7.00 Madhmoon; 7.35 Red Gerry (NAP); 8.05 Heliac.