10th Jul 2020
Make A Challenge, son of Invincible Spirit won the Listed Midsummer Sprint Stakes over five and a half furlongs at the Curragh yesterday for Trainer Denis Hogan, Owners M G Hogan & Walter O’Connor & James Joseph Reilly and jockey Joe Doyle.
Bred by Godolphin, out of the Street Cry mare Crinoline, she is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Saoirse Abu, from the family of classic winners Balanchine and West Wind
Make A Challenge has now won four of his six starts at the Curragh racecourse.
Post race trainer Denis Hogan commented “It was good to see him back. The last day was a bit of a mess. A few times we rode him too forward over six including Champions Day at Ascot last year.
“It was very easy to say that Joe was there too soon but he doesn’t like to be held up. It was more me than Joe last time as I decided to change it up.
“I left it to Joe today and he told me he’d get it right. To be fair he had to battle and he did. I thought he was beat but he stuck the head down.
“There is a fair chance he’ll be supplemented for the Sapphire here next weekend. It’s 8,000 but he’s paid for it today.
“The long-term target is the Prix de l’Abbaye and we’re hoping for soft ground there. There is the Flying Five here (at the Curragh) and a lot of options in the UK.
“Joe rides him every day at home and he does a great job with him as he can be a hard ride at home. He knows him better than anyone and it was his tactics that worked out there.”