Johnston targeting bumper Goffs prize

Shakespearean looks set to be sent to Ireland this weekend to bid for some of the massive prize-money on offer in Sunday’s Goffs Million Mile at the Curragh.

Shakespearean looks set to be sent to Ireland this weekend to bid for some of the massive prize-money on offer in Sunday’s Goffs Million Mile at the Curragh.

The Shamardal colt got off the mark in Group company with an impressive success in the Solario Stakes at Sandown last month, form which was boosted by a subsequent French Group Three victory for the runner-up Buzzword.

Trainer Mark Johnston has also given his charge a precautionary entry in Saturday’s Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot, but a trip across the Irish Sea remains his primary objective.

“Shakespearean goes for the Goffs Million at the Curragh on Sunday and we just left him in the Royal Lodge in case anything went wrong,” said Johnston.

“We left him in just in case the Curragh had to be abandoned or something, but that’s not going to happen so the Goffs Million is the plan for him.”

A total of 20 horses have been left in the race at the latest entry stage with Johnston also leaving in Bintalaleumydarlin.

Azmeel, Cadley Road, On The Cusp and Private Story are other interesting challengers from Britain, while dual winner Cabaret looks the pick of four runners for Aidan O’Brien.

The Dermot Weld-trained Stunning View and Kevin Prendergast’s Crystal Gal are other interesting contenders.

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