Chris Hayes is adamant Madhmoon can win the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.
Kevin Prendergast's stable star Madhmoon disappointed at the Curragh in June, finishing fourth of eight runners in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, and there were doubts whether the colt would head to Ireland in August.
However, the three-year-old roared back to form with victory in the Invesco Pension Consultants Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown last month and connections are optimistic ahead of Saturday's meeting at the same venue.
Jockey Hayes is positive abourt Madhmoon's chances of picking up a first Group One success in the Irish Champion Stakes, saying: "We got a good blow into him the last day and I thought he was impressive. He hasn't missed a beat since, he's in a good place.
"He probably had a harder race than we gave him credit for in the English Derby. I'd draw a line through it (his Irish Derby performance) as he had legitimate excuses.
"He was impressive the last day and I think it's done his confidence the power of good. He's in a good place mentally and physically."
Article Posted on Friday 13th September 2019 @ 13.38
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