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Kevin on Express to Curragh success

Kevin Prendergast's promising juvenile Dunboyne Express is set to bid for Group One glory following his emphatic success at The Curragh over the weekend.

Connections of the unbeaten colt are thinking of running the son of Shamardal in either the six-furlong Keeneland Phoenix Stakes or the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes over seven furlongs. Both races are back at The Curragh, on August 8 and September 11 respectively.

Prendergast's charge looked a classy recruit when hacking up eight lengths from three rivals in the Group Three Anglesey Stakes on Sunday.

“He won well, but whether the opposition was up to standard I don't know,” he said. “I talked to the owner after the race and we mentioned the Phoenix Stakes and he's also in the National Stakes. He'll go one or the other.”

Prendergast also confirmed that Recharge will be running in the Meld Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday.

Jumping action dominates this evening's card at Ballinrobe, where the in-form Gordon Elliott is well represented. The Meath handler will fancy his chances of landing the opening Mayo News Maiden Hurdle (6.0) in which Esporao bids to make a winning debut over obstacles. Last time out, Paul Carberry's mount travelled across to Perth, where he landed a bumper.

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