Harrington Has Lively Derby Contender With Churchill Colt Sprewell

Jessica Harrington has never won the Derby but that could change this season judging by the performance Sprewell (Ire) (Churchill {Ire}) posted in winning a key trial at Leopardstown on Sunday. 

Sent to post an 8-1 shot for the Group 3 Derby Trial S., Sprewell travelled into the race better than anything under Shane Foley, and quickened clear to win a cosy three lengths at the winning line. 

It was a taking performance from the Churchill colt, owned by Mohamed Khalid Mohamed Abdulrahim, who was cut to 20-1 for Epsom. 

Foley said,  “He’s a very, very good horse. He wouldn’t excite you at home and I wasn’t sure how he was going but Kate [Harrington, assistant and daughter to Jessica] told me he was fine, ready and not to worry.

“He gave me a proper feel, when I gave him a squeeze he came back underneath me. It was a proper-run race and a good one. He’ll be a Derby horse, hopefully. He enjoys that soft ground. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t go on better ground but he handles it well.” 

Favourite Proud And Regal (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who had won the G1 Criterium International on his last start as a two-year-old, finished third.


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