Deegan's worries for Prince

Paul Deegan hopes Prince Of All can cope with a drop in trip in the Patton Stakes at Dundalk on Wednesday.

The Iffraaj colt steps up to Listed class after opening his account in good style over a mile on this track last month, having had just one run as a juvenile.

Prince Of All holds an entry in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas but Deegan feels the horse may not be quite ready for such exalted company just yet.

"He's a very big horse, an imposing sort of horse. We wouldn't be sure what his end trip is going to be," said the Curragh handler.

"Stepping back to seven furlongs is a slight concern. He has a lot of ability. We weren't keen to go 10 furlongs with him yet.

"He did it well the last day. He's a big raw horse and where he goes depends on the ground. He's a proper good-ground horse.

"He's a long way off Group standard yet, but if he won tomorrow and won well he probably would take his chance in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, but we are only fourth or fifth favourite in a good race tomorrow."

The opposition is headed by the Aidan O'Brien-trained Due Diligence, who was trained in America by Todd Pletcher last term to win the first of his two starts.

Other rivals include the Ger Lyons-trained Magnolia Beach and Jim Bolger's Plamas, who have both won maidens, while Willie McCreery's Colour Blue was fourth to My Titania in the Group Three C.L. Weld Park Stakes at the Curragh in late September.

Gerard O'Leary is looking forward to running Royal Focus in the Hen & Stag Packages At Dundalk Stadium Handicap, a horse he snapped up for E10,000 after he won a claimer at Down Royal for Jim Bolger last season on his sole start.

"He's done fine since he's been with us. We gelded him and he's easy and straightforward to train," said O'Leary.

"The run will bring him on. I'd prefer to go over seven furlongs with him as seven or a mile is his trip, but this is the only race for him on the ground. He'll definitely go up in trip."