Classic contender Madhmoon heads stellar cast for Guineas Trials Day at Leopardstown

Leading classic hope Madhmoon is among a host of top class entries for what promises to be a superb day’s action at Leopardstown on Saturday.

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Ballylinch Stud 'Red Rocks' 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes entry Madhmoon on his way to winning the KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend last year.

"Madhmoon is a runner on Saturday and he's ready to run, We were happy with him at Naas last week and he's been grand since, there's not a bother on him" - Kavin Prendergast. 

Madhmoon will be making his first appearance since winning the Group 2 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes at this track last September and his trainer reports the son of Dawn Approach to be in excellent shape as he builds towards a possible crack at the 2000 Guineas.

"Madhmoon is a runner on Saturday and he's ready to run," Prendergast said. "We were happy with him at Naas last week and he's been grand since, there's not a bother on him.

"He is ready to get started. He has been to Naas, we've our own grass gallop ourselves so he has done plenty. We've had no hold up with him and everything is good. We're looking forward to getting him started and then we'll know where we are going."
Aidan O’Brien has seven colts engaged for the 2000 Guineas Trial where Ten Sovereigns and Magna Grecia are joined by the recent Madrid Handicap winner Never No More who was put forward as a likely candidate for this race following his victory on the opening day of the season. 
Fozzy Stack’s German 2000 Guineas entrant Wargrave, also a winner on the first day of the season, is another interesting entry along with Dermot Weld’s dual scorer Zuenoon and the useful Could Be King who is now part of the John Oxx team.
A strong turnout for the Group 3 Ballylinch Stud 1000 Guineas Trial Stakes is headed by Joseph O’Brien’s Fillies Mile hero Iridessa. The trainer reports his Group 1-winning filly to be in on course to start her season at Leopardstown as she gears up for a classic campaign over the coming months. 

"Iridessa has wintered well and we are looking forward to getting her started for the year," O'Brien said on Tuesday. 

"It will be lovely safe ground, a good track and it will be nice to get her started. It will be a big enough ask for her with a penalty and she will probably come forward for her first run but she is very exciting and we are really looking forward to the year ahead."
Sheila Lavery has entered the Moyglare Stakes second Lady Kaya while Aidan O’Brien’s team includes the Fillies Mile second Hermosa and the brilliant sprinting juvenile Fairyland who was last seen winning the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes in September.
Further classic clues are set to be supplied by the Group 3 P.W. McGrath Ballysax Stakes where Aidan O’Brien is responsible for 10 of the 15 entries as he chases a ninth win in one of the key Derby Trials. His entries include the Beresford Stakes one-two Japan and Mount Everest. 
Jim Bolger could field a leading contender in Guaranteed, who won the Group 3 Eyrefield Stakes here late last season, while Dermot Weld has the promising Gowran maiden winner Tankerville engaged. 

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