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Sugar Boy and Chris Hayes

Sugar Boy: impressed in a workout at the Curragh on Monday

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann (  

New owner for Irish Derby hope Sugar Boy

SUGAR BOY will race for the final time for trainer Patrick Prendergast in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on Saturday after being bought by owner Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum.

Winner of the bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown in April, when Investec Derby second Libertarian finished in fourth, Sugar Boy is a 7-1 chance for success at the Curragh.

In a statement released by Blandford Bloodstock, who brokered the deal, it was revealed that Saturday's race will be Sugar Boy's last for Prendergast, although a new trainer was not specified.

Prendergast said: "Sugar Boy is in great form and we are very much looking forward to the Irish Derby on Saturday.

"We welcome Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum to the yard and hope that we are lucky for him."

Kevin Shea - Eagle Mountain - Hong Kong Cup - Sha Tin - December 2008

Eagle Mountain: among the stars to race for Sugar Boy's new owner

  PICTURE: Hong Kong Jockey Club  

Previously owned by Richard Barnes, who bred the son of Authorized at his Grangecon Stud in County Wicklow, Sugar Boy had impressed work watchers when galloping at a media day at the Curragh on Monday.

Sugar Boy had also finished in front of Epsom third Galileo Rock at Sandown and is not expected to be inconvienced by firmer going than he has encountered before on Saturday.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, the first cousin of the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed, has had a number of high-profile horses run in his colours including the likes of Eagle Mountain, Achipenko, Asiatic Boy, Moohaajim and Lizard's Desire with a majority racing for trainer Mike de Kock.

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