Classic case to be made for Madhmoon in Investec Derby

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In a wide-open looking rewnewal of the Investec Dery at Epsom today (4.30), Madhmoon makes plenty of appeal at 10/1.

This colt hails from the irish yard of veteran Irish trainer Kevin Prendergast and brings Classic form into the contest having finished a fine fourth to Magna Grecia in the the the 2000 Guineas run over the Rowley Mile at Newmarket.

The Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt was held-up in touch in the centre group and held every chance two from home, before getting outpaced at the furlong marker.

He then rallied and ran on strongly inside the final furlong to be beaten 3 1/2 lengths.

Madhmoon finished second in his group which had no chance with the first two home, who were both drawn high.

It was a terrific effort, given how the race panned out and the way in which the finished off the race offered optimism for him getting the 1m 4f trip of this

The 2000 Guineas is also considered the best trial for the race and Madhmoon looks has a similar profile to Generous and Masar who finsihed placed in it before landing this in 1991 and 2018 respectively.

It’s worth noting that Madhmoon was a top class juvenile and very impressive when beating Broome – who is half the odds of him for this – by 2 1/4 lengths in a Group 2 at Leopardstown over 1m.

That form has been boosted by the runner-up going on to finish second in a Group 1 and winning both his starts this season.

Madhmoon won twice over a mile as a two-year-old and that is usually a good indication for longer trips at three.

He is also a straightforward sort and victory for him would be a dream come true for 86-year-old Prendergast, whose father never won The Derby but had several horses placed in it.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Madhmoon (10/1 generally available – use BOG firms)


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