Prendergast bags landmark success

Tell The Wind gave Kevin Prendergast a landmark winner with victory in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden at Dundalk.

Veteran handler Prendergast started training in 1963 and this length-and-three-quarter success was the 2,000th of his illustrious career.

Always handy, stable jockey Declan McDonogh committed early in the straight and readily held Johnny Murtagh’s mount Emerald Ring, the 5-2 joint-favourite.

Prendergast has sent out seven Irish Classic winners and also landed the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in 1977 with Nebbiolo.

Winning owner Joe McGrath said: “I was just on the phone to Kevin and he never even mentioned that it was his 2000th. He just said that she won well and that he was delighted.

“He’s only been training horses in those colours for a while. I took them over from my late father, about five years ago.”

Just last year Prendergast landed a Group One double with Kingsfort in the National Stakes and Termagant in the Moyglare Stud Stakes, while Oscar Schindler gave him back-to-back Irish St Legers in 1996 and 1997.

Prendergast also has a live candidate for Classic honours next year as he is responsible for the unbeaten Dunboyne Express, who is expected to have his next start in either the Dewhurst or the Racing Post Trophy.

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