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Belle odds will shorten if heavy rain comes but Kompany looks good to take Phoenix 
for export

All the market support ahead of Sunday's Group One Keenland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh has been for the Kevin Prendergast trained Beach Belle and with more rain set to hit the Currragh over the coming days she could get even shorter in the betting.

Anthem Alexander would be a popular winner on many fronts but Eddie Lynam's quest for a first Group One victor in Ireland could be scuppered by the potential downpours that could see the ground ease at the Curragh and therefore erase any chance of the Royal Ascot winner getting her preferred quick ground.

Returning to the Curragh on Sunday is the Group Two Railway Stakes winner Kool Kompany.

Richard Hannon's colt proved in France last time out that he handles an ease in the ground and he could well be the one to take this race for export for the first time since Danehill Dancer won it back in 1995.

Should the ground be described as no worse than 'good' Anthem Alexander will hopefully confirm her place in the market and oblige, but with the heavy rain expected she may have to wait for an opportunity to further enhance her glowing reputation.

Sunday's Curragh card also features the Group Three Phoenix Sprint in which Cougar Mountain is the pick for Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle.

A Naas winner on his debut back in June, the three-year-old tackled the July Cup and Slade Power on just his second-ever start and only went down by just over two-lengths.

If improving, as would be expected for that outing, he can have a big say on Sunday in a race that also features seasoned campaigners Maarek and Russian Soul.


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