Irish Guineas winner Awtaad to retire to stud

Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Awtaad is to be retied to stand at Derrinstown Stud at the end of the season.

The Kevin Prendergast-trained three-year-old has won five of his eight starts to date and remains on course for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day.

Having finished third in the St James's Palace Stakes and a disappointing eight in the Sussex Stakes, he returned to his best to win the Boomerang Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend last time out.

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Owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's racing manager Angus Gold said: "As far as I'm aware he still on target for Ascot."

Markaz, a three-time Group-winning sprinter, is also to be retired to Derrinstown.

The full-brother to Mecca's Angel began his career with the late John Hills before transferring to his father, Barry, and has been handled this season by Owen Burrows.

Fees for the pair will be announced at a later date.

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