Kevin Prendergast-trained Madhmoon is about to drop in a trip due to a mid-season break.
The decision transpired after being closely beaten in the Investec Derby at Epsom which started the fuss for Sheik Hamdan Al Maktoum’s colt being way better and competent to pursue the Irish version at the Curragh.
Despite being early on, he never had the chance to get involved with business end during the race which gave Sovereign the opportunity to dominate the front of the race.
On an interview, Angus Gold, the owner’s racing manager, mentioned that they do not really know what to make of the Irish Derby.
It is unquestionable that they will bring the horse back to the trip now. There is no way that they are convinced that he was a mile-and-a-half horse. They can’t say he didn’t stay it despite landing second in the Derby, but they believe that he’ll be more effective through a mile and a quarter, eventually.
It was a non-event for them. Their plan was to try tracking Ryan Moore on Anthony Van Dyck and accelerate past him, however, Chris disclosed that Ryan never really took him in the race so getting over him could be impossible in any case.
Anthony Van Dyck did not run on into second, he never got to travel well especially with Broome always found at the back, so maybe they were all a bit flat after the Epsom. But nobody could confirm, that for sure.
The horse is really not a stayer. He is not bred to become one and will certainly return to a mile and a quarter. Maybe when the bet is matured, there is a possibility for it to drop back to another mile one day.
To conclude the interview, the trainer wrapped up by saying:
“He needs a break, he’s had a hard time. The obvious target has always been the Irish Champion Stakes. Whether he has run before I couldn’t say, but I saw him on Tuesday and he looked fresh considering what he’s been through.”