Guineas still on Madhmoon's agenda

Prendergast expects improvement on quicker ground

  • Wednesday 10 April
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Madhmoon remains in contention for the Qipco 2000 Guineas despite his narrow defeat on his return to action at Leopardstown.

Kevin Prendergast’s star colt looked a potentially top-class prospect after winning each of his two starts as a juvenile, including a Group Two success on Irish Champions Weekend.

He was unsurprisingly a warm order to make a winning reappearance in last Saturday’s 2,000 Guineas Trial, but was narrowly denied by the Aidan O’Brien-trained Never No More.

However, the winner did have a race fitness advantage – having won the Madrid Handicap at Naas last month – and Prendergast is confident his charge will raise his game when he encounters a faster surface.

The County Kildare trainer said: “He’s come out of the race well and he’ll go wherever the ground is more suitable, which will probably be Newmarket.

“The ground was very soft the other day, and he was beaten by a race-fit horse.

“Our horse will come on for the run, and his two runs last year were on fast ground – which suits him much better.

“He’s a possible for Newmarket. If the ground isn’t right, or we feel he wants more time, we could wait for the Irish Guineas – that’s the story.”

Madhmoon is a best priced 25-1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas over the Rowley Mile on May 4.

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