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Madhmoon looked an exciting colt when winning both his races as a two-year-old and has more than confirmed that promise this term.
A staying-on fourth to Magna Grecia in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas in May, he then beat all bar Anthony Van Dyck in the Investec Derby at Epsom when a 10/1 chance.
Trained by 86-year-old Kevin Prendergast in Ireland for owner/breeder Hamdan Al Maktoum, he seems certain to continue to be a force in QIPCO British Champions Series races.
“He ran a very good race – we are very happy,” Prendergast said. “I would love to have won, but we are very proud of the horse.
“It was a very good ride from Chris (Hayes) – he did nothing wrong, but the best horse won on the day.”
Hayes added: I thought he was going to win at one point. He stumbled just after the road crossing by Tattenham Corner and that just lit him up.
“I was in front probably 50 yards sooner than I wanted, but the winner has won well.”
Angus Gold, Hamdan Al Maktoum’s racing manager, commented: “I am thrilled – thrilled for all the team, for Kevin and those at home who have done a brilliant job with him.
“I never thought that he’d stay, but am absolutely delighted to be proved wrong. Chris said everything went right, except he stumbled and as a result he had to go a bit earlier than he wanted to.
“If you had said to me second was going to be the outcome today, I’d have taken this any day.”
Many fancied Madhmoon to turn the tables in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh but, in a puzzling renewal dominated by front-running Sovereign, he was beaten eight and a half lengths into fourth.
His connections queried his stamina afterwards and on his next start he dropped back to a mile to win the Group 3 Desmond Stakes at the Curragh.
He then went off at 5/1 for the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown but he was not at his best, finishing sixth of eight behind Magical.
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