Prendergast reflects on Belle

Last Updated: 11/08/14 12:30pm

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Beach Belle (far left): Not beaten far in Phoenix Stakes.

Beach Belle (far left): Not beaten far in Phoenix Stakes.

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Beach Belle is unlikely to be asked to tackle the colts again after finishing fourth in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

The Kevin Prendergast-trained filly, who won the first two starts of her career, was not disgraced in the Group One behind Dick Whittington, but her handler did admit to feeling a little disappointed with her performance.

The Group Two Debutante Stakes (Curragh, August 24) and the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes (Curragh, September 14) are now in the pipeline as she attempts to get back to winning ways.

"It was a muddling sort of race," said Prendergast.

"They went no pace and then quickened it up two and a half furlongs out and she was caught a little flat-footed. The ground got very heavy as well and I don't think that suited her.

"She might run in the Debutante next, or the Moyglare, or she might run in both, we'll see.

"On the day I was a little disappointed but, on reflection, you had a Coventry runner-up (Cappella Sansevero), the Papin winner (Kool Kompany) and the Anglesey winner (Dick Whittington) in there so it wasn't a bad run.

"She won't race against the colts again, but I just thought it looked like a good opportunity for her and in the end we were just a little bit out."

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