Kevin Prendergast reports Madhmoon to be cherry-ripe as his top-class colt warms up for an autumn campaign by taking on six rivals in the Invesco Pension Consultants Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday.
The Qipco Irish Champion Stakes over a mile and a quarter back at the Dublin venue next month is the next major target for the son of Dawn Approach.
He drops back to a mile for the first time since he was fourth to Magna Grecia in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, after just being pipped in the Investec Derby and finishing fourth in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.
“He couldn’t be better, he’s in great shape,” said Prendergast.
“It’s a start for him. He’s in the Champion Stakes – he has to have a run somewhere and this is a good place to run him.
“He’s been there three times. He’s won there twice and been second the other time. He likes the track and conditions suit him, so he should be there or thereabouts.”