Awtaad team full of faith


Awtaad
(Healy Racing Photos) Connections of Awtaad are keeping their fingers crossed the Irish 2,000 Guineas hero will bounce back to form this autumn.

Kevin Prendergast's star colt saw off Guineas winner Gold when claiming Classic glory at the in May and while the tables were turned in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal , the son of Cape Cross still performed admirably to finish a close third.

However, while one-two Gold and The Gurkha fought out a thrilling finish to the Sussex Stakes at last month, Awtaad trailed home a well-beaten eighth to leave him with something to prove.

Angus Gold, owner Hamdan Al Maktoum's manager, said: "Chris Hayes was adamant that we rode him the wrong way last time. In his races in Ireland earlier in the year, he liked to build up into it – he won the (Irish) Guineas like that.

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