Brendan Duke has Leopardstown in mind for Warm The Voice

Tue 26 Sep 2017

Warm The Voice is likely to make his final appearance of the season in the JRA Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown on September 22.

Brendan Duke's star juvenile completed a hat-trick in a valuable nursery at Listowel earlier this month to earn a step up to Pattern level in the Beresford Stakes at Naas on Sunday.

Although he came up short in the Group Two feature, he was far from disgraced in finishing third behind the exciting Saxon Warrior, who is favourite for next year's Investec Derby with some bookmakers.

Duke said: "He's come out of the race absolutely perfect. He hasn't left a nut and he's as fresh as paint.

"We're over the moon with how he ran. He got a little bit intimidated and but for that he would definitely have been second.

"If all is well in the next week I'll run him in the Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown, which is a Group Three race over seven furlongs and that will be his last run of the year."

The popular Curragh-based trainer already has one eye on a potential tilt at Classic glory next spring.

Duke said: "He's a very good horse and make no mistake, he will get better.

"The ground was the same for them all on Sunday, but he had to come around them and it's the first time he's had to take his coat off in a race.

"I think there's plenty of improvement in him and after the Killavullan we'll put him away before training him for the Guineas."

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