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Kevin on a Charge in Irish 2000 Guineas

By Jimmy Walker

Kevin Prendergast is not afraid of taking on Delegator with his unexposed colt Recharge in the Boylesports Irish 2000 Guineas next Saturday.

On only his third start, the son of Cape Cross beat Group One winner Intense Focus in the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial having finished a close fourth in the Beresford Stakes last season.

"I was very pleased with his last run and he's on song to run in the Guineas next weekend," said Prendergast.

"I'm looking forward to taking on Delegator.

"John Oxx's horse (Sea The Stars) only beat us a length in the Beresford and Delegator was further behind him than that at Newmarket, and that was only our lad's second run so I wouldn't be too unduly worried about him.

"Intense Focus got first run on us, we had to stop and then restart so it was a good performance.

"After that we'll go a bit further with him - I'll see if he gets a mile and a half, he's in the Irish Derby so that will be his plan," he said

The Curragh is unquestionably the place to be next weekend as Classic honours are on offer in both the Irish 2000 and 1000 Guineas.

Supplementing the 2000 Guineas is the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes and the Ridgewood Pearl Stakes, which honours the great Oxx-trained mare.

It is the girls' turn on Sunday with what should prove an up-to-scratch running of the 1000 Guineas.

Ghanaati sprung a 20-1 surprise at Newmarket but she is not entered at the Curragh and connections seem unlikely to supplement.

However, Oxx's Baliyana could be back in the mix after her 1000 Guinea Trial success at Leopardstown while entries also include Newmarket second Cuis Ghaire and fourth Heart Shaped.

One of the most prestigious racedays of the Irish calendar also sees the return of the Tattersalls Gold Cup.

Duke Of Marmalade claimed victory 12 months ago before going on to three further Group One successes last term.

Luca Cumani's Curtain Call laid down an early marker when winning in Ireland on Bank Holiday Monday while Sir Michael Stoute has a wealth of entries including Conduit, Tartan Bearer and Doctor Fremantle.

Meanwhile, Darryll Holland will miss the Derby meeting after he lost an appeal against a 21-day ban given to him at Warwick last Saturday.

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