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Dunboyne Express

Kevin Prendergast is looking to Dunboyne Express in his quest for a second success in the Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday.

It is 36 years since Northern Treasure lifted the colts' Classic for the County Kildare trainer and he has a strong candidate in Dunboyne Express, who warmed up by winning a three-runner affair for the Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial with the minimum of fuss on his reappearance in March.

The Shamardal colt had lost his 100% record when fifth to Casamento in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in October on unsuitably firm ground when he was not quite pleasing his trainer.

Prendergast told At The Races: "We've had no interruptions whatsoever and he's in good shape. He did his last bit of work on Tuesday morning and all the signs are right."

The trainer believes Dubawi Gold, who was second best behind the mighty Frankel in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, is the main danger.

"Frankel is in another parish to most horses. Dubawi Gold ran very well at Newmarket to finish second to him and he's the one we all have to beat," he went on.

A tilt at the Investec Derby at Epsom beckons should Dunboyne Express finish in the money at the weekend.

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"His pedigree on his dam's side says he should get a mile and a half and his style of working and racing says the same, but we've got to get by the mile first on Saturday. If he runs in the first three hopefully we'll go to Epsom," Prendergast added.


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