Epsom Derby: Prendergast optimistic that Madhmoon can cure family itch

first_img Quick guide Tuesday’s racing tips Reuse this content Read more news Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Hide TipsWolverhampton1.50 Alkaraama (nap) 2.20 Miss Liberty Belle 2.55 Billy Dylan 3.25 Junior Rip 4.00 Joe The Beau 4.35 Antioco Lady 5.05 RockesburyBrighton 2.00 Cool Strutter 2.35 Dudley’s Boy 3.05 Dark Poet 3.35 He’s Our Star 4.10 Gendarme 4.45 De Little Engine 5.15 Confrerie (nb)Nottingham2.10 Ottoman Court 2.45 Aegeus 3.15 Rambaldi 3.45 Nearooz 4.20 Thanks be 4.55 True Destiny 5.25 Requited Huntingdon5.40 Mystic Court 6.10 Last Enchantment 6.40 Net De Treve 7.10 Northern Bound 7.40 Zoltan Varga 8.10 For Good Measure 8.40 Saffron Wells Hexham5.50 Frightened Rabbit 6.20 Glinger Flame 6.50 Quick Brew 7.20 For Three 7.50 Mrs Vonn 8.20 Prince Dundee 8.50 Farlam King Since you’re here… Talking Horses: Frankel’s jockey Tom Queally seeks to end winnerless run Thank you for your feedback. Share on Facebook Prendergast, in common with all other spectators, is still musing over the possibility that Madhmoon may have been at a disadvantage in racing up the middle of the track that day, when the first two raced hard against the stands’ rail.“The horse is going very well, he’s in very good shape, he came out of Newmarket very well,” Prendergast reports. “It’s all systems go to run in the Derby. The way he finished I’d be surprised and disappointed if he didn’t get the extra half-mile.”Madhmoon is a 14-1 shot for Classic glory but Prendergast points out that the horse has a form to edge it over one rival who is now Derby favourite. “We’ve beaten Broome once and I don’t see why we can’t beat him again,” the trainer says, referring to a Group Two contest at Leopardstown in September. “We beat him by two and a half lengths. And Aidan O’Brien’s other horse that won at Chester, Sir Dragonet. The ground was bottomless, so what will he do if the ground is good to dry at Epsom?” Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Show Horse racing Share on WhatsApp The Derby Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn “He was second in it several times,” noted Prendergast Jr, aged 86. “They always ran well in it but just never clicked on the day. And that was in the days when you had to get the boat over and travel all over England by box.”An especially frustrating Derby for Paddy Prendergast was the 1960 version, in which he saddled Alcaeus and Kythnos to be second and third behind the Lester Piggott-ridden St Paddy. Three years later Kevin took out his own licence.He has since had five Derby runners of his own, though none since 1996. “They all ran well but none of them got placed,” he says, adding that Madhmoon would have a more obvious chance than any colt he has sent to Epsom before.He was last seen running fourth in the 2,000 Guineas, often regarded as the best Derby trial, and it seems that the first three from that race are likely to be directed elsewhere. Topics If Madhmoon wins the Derby a week on Saturday, it will be a victory more than half a century in the making. The sturdy colt is trained in Ireland by Kevin Prendergast, whose father, Paddy, prepared winners of all the other English Classics but never quite managed to land the blue riband itself. Horse racing tips Share on Messenger Was this helpful?last_img read more