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Monday 26 September 2016

Prendergast hopes Awtaad can get back to his pacy best

Awtaad is being targeted at Leopardstown for the Irish Champions Weekend. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Awtaad is being targeted at Leopardstown for the Irish Champions Weekend. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Kevin Prendergast is hopeful that Irish Guineas winner Awtaad can return to form at Irish Champions Weekend next week.

The Cape Cross colt will have his sights set on Leopardstown as he is pencilled in by his trainer for the Clipper Logistics Stakes.

After beating 2000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold at the Curragh, Awtaad finished third behind that rival and The Gurkha in a cracking renewal of the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The trio re-opposed in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood but Awtaad could finish only eighth, leaving his trainer disappointed.

"He's a very smart horse with plenty of speed, as we saw in the Guineas," said Prendergast.

"He ran well at Ascot on desperate ground and at Goodwood he wasn't the best. I'm not making excuses for him, but the ground was probably a bit quicker than he likes.

"I wasn't disappointed after Ascot, I was disappointed after Goodwood, he just ran flat, but hopefully he'll come back and have a good backend.

"He's come back well, he seems to be going as well as ever and hopefully we'll have him spot-on for Leopardstown."

Hugo Palmer's Afandem is in the mix for the Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket after securing another win in France.

Winner of a Listed race at Vichy in July, he went close to defying a penalty in the Roses Stakes at York's Ebor meeting.

Stepped up in class for the Group Three Prix d'Arenberg at Chantilly, the James Doyle-ridden colt powered to victory by a length an a quarter.

Following his success Newmarket-based Palmer tweeted: "Afandem adds a Group 3 to his Listed win and wins a E27,500 bonus for doing the double.

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