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Sugar sold ahead of Derby date

Leading Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby contender Sugar Boy has been sold to Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum.

The Authorized colt secured a determined victory in the Sandown Classic Trial on his most recent appearance for trainer Patrick Prendergast, notably having subsequent Epsom Derby second and third Libertarian and Galileo Rock among those behind.

He will run for Prendergast in this weekend's Classic, but will be switched to an unspecified trainer afterwards.

Prendergast said: "He has been sold to Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, but we will continue to train him for the Irish Derby.

"That is what we're focussing on and it would be absolutely great if he can go and win it. He's in great form.

"He's been a great servant to us, we'll be sorry to see him leave, but there will be no long faces as we do sell horses on."

The deal has been brokered by Blandford Bloodstock agent Stuart Boman, who did not want to disclose who the colt would be trained by after his Classic attempt on Saturday.

Boman said: "I can confirm the horse has been sold to Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum. He will stay with Patrick Prendergast, who has done such a fantastic job with the horse, until after he runs in the Irish Derby. After that he will be transferred."

Asked which trainer he will be sent to, Boman said: "I would prefer not to say at this stage."

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa has a long-standing association with leading South African trainer Mike de Kock and has also had horses in training in Britain with a number of handlers in recent years, including Mick Channon, Richard Fahey and Marco Botti.


From Belfast Telegraph