Horse Racing: Sugar Boy is sweet for victory

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Sugar Boy should be given a chance to redeem himself at Goodwood as he has his first start since flopping in the Irish Derby this summer.

The Authorized colt contests the Listed Greene King Foundation Stakes, having not been seen since since trailing home a distant ninth when not unfancied for the Irish Classic.

Sugar Boy had looked a real contender for top honours after making great strides from a reasonable juvenile campaign to finish second in the Ballysax Stakes on his seasonal return.

Not beaten far by Battle Of Marengo that day, connections felt he was worth a start in the Sandown Classic Trial in April and that proved an excellent call as he duly repelled Eye Of The Storm by a head in a tight finish.

Eventual Derby runner-up and St Leger fourth Libertarian was only fourth while Galileo Rock, who placed in both the Epsom and Irish Derby, was third, giving the form a top-notch feel.

However, the wheels came off Sugar Boy’s wagon when conditions turned quick at the Curragh and he was never really travelling, much like Libertarian, on ground that was very fast. Sugar Boy was bought by a new owner prior to that run and left trainer Patrick Prendergast after the race to join Marco Botti in Newmarket.

He makes his debut for the yard and despite his lengthy absence, he still makes plenty of appeal dropping markedly in class and getting weight from all but one of his rivals, including 8lb from Brown Panther.

Pearl Castle can complete back-to-back victories in the Santa Maria Foodservice Stakes after his recent success at Sandown.

A Goodwood maiden winner last summer, he failed to sparkle on his final juvenile start and hardly impressed when beaten at Windsor on his 2013 reappearance.

Stepped up to 10 furlongs by Andrew Balding, he regained the winning thread with a victory in the manner of horse on the up.