Irish Derby target for Madhmoon

Irish Derby target for Madhmoon

Connections say the Irish Derby at the Curragh is a potential target for Madhmoon.

Madhmoon looked set to claim Epsom Derby glory but lost out by half-a-length to Anthony Van Dyck.

There is a chance the three-year-old could drop back in trip, but Angus Gold, racing manager for owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, says a tilt at the Irish Derby remains an option.

‘The Irish Derby was our first discussion on Monday, depending on how the horse is,’ he said, as reported by Sky Sports.

‘We have the option of coming back to a mile and a quarter with him, but if we do that the obvious race is the Eclipse, which we’d have to supplement for anyway, and it would be a third trip over to England and Sheikh Hamdan may want to keep him in Ireland.

‘The obvious race for Madhmoon is the Irish Champion Stakes – I think he’s tailor-made for that – but nobody can say he didn’t stay because if the winner hadn’t run he’d have won a Derby.’