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  • 15:15 bet365 Classic Trial 1m 2f 7y

  • (Group 3) £60,000 added 3yo 7 ran
  • Winner £34,026 2nd £12,900 3rd £6,456 4th £3,216
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 12.26s
  • Off time: 15:15:44

Sweet success for Sugar Boy as Irish dominate Classic Trial

Last Updated: 26/04/13 4:46pm

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Sugar Boy (left) game held off Eye Of The Storm

Sugar Boy (left) game held off Eye Of The Storm

Sugar Boy (4/1) ran out a game winner of the bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown as the Irish raiders dominated.

Sent to the front early on by jockey Chris Hayes, the son of Authorized looked in trouble when Eye Of The Storm (2/1f) went past him two furlongs from home.

However, Ryan Moore could never quite put the race to bed on the favourite and it became clear on the climb to the line that Sugar Boy was not yet beaten.

He poked his nose in front with half a furlong to go and tenaciously held off the Eye Of The Storm to win by a neck, with Galileo Rock just behind in third having been held up.

Hayes said: "He's a good galloper and Patrick filled me with confidence going out.

"I just said to Patrick that if we'd got beat it would have been my fault because I possibly didn't make enough use of him.

"It was my first time riding at the track and I thought I'd gone quick enough in the ground.

"But looking at how he finished I could have gone a bit quicker."

Trainer Patrick Prendergast said: "I worked over here for Sir Michael Stoute and Ed Dunlop, so I knew Sandown well.

"He's a relentless galloper and the only other opportunity was the Derrinstown (Stud Derby Trial), but I thought that would be sharp enough for him.

"He'll go for the Irish Derby and he could go straight there. If he needed another run, his only option is the Nijinsky Stakes at Leopardstown.

"Hopefully, later on, he could come back over here for the English St Leger."

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