Prendergast sweet on Sugar Boy
Trainer Patrick Prendergast is considering Derby trials in England for Sugar Boy following his excellent effort in defeat at Leopardstown on Sunday.
A winner of his last three starts as a juvenile, Sugar Boy beat all bar the Aidan O'Brien-trained Battle Of Marengo in the traditionally informative Ballysax Stakes. While a rematch with Battle Of Marengo in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial back at Leopardstown on May 12 has not been ruled out, it appears more likely Sugar Boy will test the water over a mile and a half on British soil before a tilt at the Irish Derby.
Prendergast said: "I was very pleased with his run in what were very difficult conditions to make your comeback. There was a very strong headwind and the ground was very testing. I think he can improve plenty on what he did."
The trainer added: "He is in the Derrinstown, but I am quite keen to step him up to a mile and a half sooner rather than later.
"There aren't any mile and a half trials over here, so we are considering going over to England for one of the mile-and-a-half trials at Lingfield (Lingfield Derby Trial) or Chester (Chester Vase). If all went well, we'd look to running him in the Irish Derby.
"I'll also give him an entry in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot as another option."
Prendergast, who currently has just 19 horses in training, was also pleased with the weekend performance of his other three-year-old colt, Canary Row.
The son of Holy Roman Emperor was not disgraced in finishing fifth in the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial. He could now step up to middle distances, with the Derrinstown a possible option.
"I was happy with him as well and he's another one who wants to step up in trip," said the County Kildare handler.
"He got caught a bit flat-footed but you could have thrown a blanket over the first five at the finish, so it was a good run. There is a winners' race at Navan he could go for next weekend and then he might go for the Derrinstown after that."