Prendergast confirms Awtaad on course for Glorious Goodwood

Awtaad appears likely to take his chance in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on July 27.

The Kevin Prendergast-trained colt beat Qipco 2000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold to land the Irish equivalent, but had to settle for third behind Hugo Palmer’s runner in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Prix Jacques le Marois was also an option, but Prendergast said: “Hopefully he will run in the Sussex, there’s not a definite decision made yet but we are hoping he will run in the Sussex.

“He’ll be competitive, whatever beats him this time will win.”

Aidan O’Brien’s French Guineas victor The Gurkha split the pair at the Royal meeting before being a beaten favourite in the Coral-Eclipse and is likely to again form a clash of the Classic winners.

In France, Mont Ormel floored some big names to run out a surprise winner of the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at Saint-Cloud.

Pia Brandt’s unheralded colt stepped up markedly on the form he had shown to date to take Group One honours at the main expense of the Ed Dunlop-trained Red Verdon.

Ryan Moore had set out to make all on Aidan O’Brien’s Beacon Rock, looking intent to make it a test, but was swallowed up around the two-furlong pole.

Favourite Mekhtaal had kept close tabs on the leader but the writing was on the wall soon after the runners turned for home.

Red Verdon, sixth in the Investec Derby and fourth in the Irish equivalent, was held up in the early stages and looked like he would swamp everything when coming with his run under Vincent Cheminaud. But in the end he could not quite get to the Cristian Demuro-ridden winner, while Andre Fabre’s Cloth Of Stars was third.

Meanwhile, Silvestre de Sousa made a triumphant return to the saddle following a 12-day ban when coming from last to first on Global Revival in the Cold Overton Nursery Handicap at Leicester.

The champion jockey wasted no time in getting back to the serious business of defending his crown after serving the suspension incurred under the ‘totting-up’ procedure for a fifth whip offence since March.

Six further days were deferred for 42 days and would be triggered should he in trouble again during that period.

“I’m delighted to be back with a winner,” said De Sousa.

“This horse is a gelding and that’s the right trip for him. I think he’s improving.”


Lifestyle

David Brophy's new choir and a classic Ireland v Holland game feature among today's top tips.Thursday's TV Highlights: David Brophy's new choir and a classic Ireland v Holland game

More From The Irish Examiner