Phoenix Sprint to be next for Sceptical

Curragh target for July Cup runner-up.

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Top Irish sprinter Sceptical is to have his next outing back on home soil at the Curragh next month.

Unraced for Godolphin, the four-year-old cost just £2,800 at the sales and has proved a real star for trainer Denis Hogan and owners Hilltop Racing.

He won four races in a row before, including the Listed Woodlands Stakes, travelling to Royal Ascot for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, finishing a close third under Frankie Dettori to Hello Youmzain and Dream Of Dreams.

The son of Exceed And Excel then went on to the July Cup at Newmarket, where he found only Oxted too good.

Hilltop tweeted: “After 2 amazing runs in Group 1 company in the UK Sceptical will stay in Ireland for his next start. He’s 1 of 31 entries for the Group 3 @RathaskerStud Phoenix Sprint Stakes @curraghrace on 9/8/20.

“His regular jockey @joeysheridan8 will be back on board.”

Hogan’s charge is a best-priced 7-1 for the Nunthorpe Stakes at York on August 21.

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