• Leopardstown - Thursday

    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 month ago.

    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 name.

    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. 

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