Madhmoon set to contest Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday

Madhmoon on his way to victory at Leopardstown
Madhmoon on his way to victory at Leopardstown

Investec Derby runner-up Madhmoon is all set to run in Thursday's Invesco Pension Consultants Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown.

Not seen since finishing fourth in the Irish equivalent, the Kevin Prendergast-trained colt has enjoyed a short mid-season break, with the Irish Champion Stakes his long-stated aim.

"Obviously he'll be coming back half a mile (to a mile), which isn't the normal approach," said owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's racing manager, Angus Gold.

"However, I've been quoted as saying I was amazed he stayed as well as he did at Epsom and I still don't think he's a mile-and-a-half horse, both on his pedigree and in everything he does.

"He looks more a mile-and-a-quarter horse and Chris Hayes said he could come back to a mile, so we'll see.

"This is him starting back and if he's in good shape he'll head for the Irish Champion, which has always been his aim.

"We'll see how Thursday goes and take it from there. If it got very soft he probably wouldn't go, but that is just off the top of my head, I'd have to check with Kevin.

"Last year we thought he wanted soft, but then it appeared he wasn't in love with it earlier this year and that he wanted it fast."

Related horse racing links

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read Racing

Sporting Life's NAP of the day1

Daily Nap: Aqua can make splash

Aquadabra looks worth the wait in the closing Sky Sports Racing On Virgin 535 Handicap at Lingfield on Monday according to David Ord.

Check out Monday's racing preview2

Monday's racing preview

Nick Robson makes Gabrials Boy his best Monday bet and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Sporting Life picks out the top five events or fixtures of the week not to be missed3

Five for the week: August 19-25

Our 'Five for the Week' looks ahead to another exciting week of sport, including the third Ashes Test match, top-class golf and more important football action.

Coronet and Frankie Dettori coast to victory at York4

Coronet crowned again in France

Frankie Dettori's Group One-laden summer continued when he steered Coronet to victory in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville.

Andre Fabre5

Earthlight shines in Prix Morny

Earthlight edged out Raffle Prize to win the Darley Prix Morny for Godolphin and Andre Fabre

Most Read Racing

Sporting Life's NAP of the day1

Daily Nap: Aqua can make splash

Aquadabra looks worth the wait in the closing Sky Sports Racing On Virgin 535 Handicap at Lingfield on Monday according to David Ord.

Check out Monday's racing preview2

Monday's racing preview

Nick Robson makes Gabrials Boy his best Monday bet and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Sporting Life picks out the top five events or fixtures of the week not to be missed3

Five for the week: August 19-25

Our 'Five for the Week' looks ahead to another exciting week of sport, including the third Ashes Test match, top-class golf and more important football action.

Coronet and Frankie Dettori coast to victory at York4

Coronet crowned again in France

Frankie Dettori's Group One-laden summer continued when he steered Coronet to victory in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville.

Andre Fabre5

Earthlight shines in Prix Morny

Earthlight edged out Raffle Prize to win the Darley Prix Morny for Godolphin and Andre Fabre

Next Race Off

09:25 Hyderabad
6
(6)
Turf Emperor
J: C Umesh
5
(4)
Lion Heart
J: Jodha R S
4
(5)
Dippy Dip
J: P Ajeeth Kumar
3
(3)
Mossad
J: Afroz Khan
2
(2)
Halo's Princess
J: P Sai Kumar
1
(1)
Hud Hud
J: Rohit Kumar

Racing Tips

Check out Monday's racing preview

Monday's racing preview

Nick Robson makes Gabrials Boy his best Monday bet and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Sporting Life's NAP of the day

Daily Nap: Aqua can make splash

Aquadabra looks worth the wait in the closing Sky Sports Racing On Virgin 535 Handicap at Lingfield on Monday according to David Ord.

Raheen House

Sporting Life Tipping Record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in August 2019.