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ANTHEM in tune

Slade Power, Sole Power and Anthem Alexander all combined to give trainer Eddie Lynam one of the most memorable weeks of his career when he scored a Royal Ascot treble.

At the Curragh on Sunday it will be the two-year-old filly Anthem Alexander who takes the next step in her exciting career.

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Slade Power has since won the Group One July Cup, Sole Power was forced to miss the same race due to the ground, but the pair responsible for Lynam's previous five Group One wins will pass the spotlight on their emerging stable companion Anthem Alexander as she attempts to provide Lynam with a first top-level success on home soil in Sunday's Group One Keenland Phoenix Stakes.

Since Aidan O'Brien won the race for the first time in 1998 he has gone on to win 12 renewals in total with David Wachman, Jim Bolger and Kevin Prendergast the only men to prise the race away from Ballydoyle in that period and Prendergast will he hoping to add another Phoenix Stakes this weekend.

Unbeaten on the two occasions she has graced a racecourse, Beach Belle's rider will, for the first time, wear the silks of Qatar Racing as they have bought a part share in the exciting two-year-old from Lady O'Reilly.

And it could well be a case that the feature on the Curragh's family day could be dominated by the ladies, with Anthem Alexander and Beach Belle set to be prominent.

A colt that will want to have his say, however, is Richard Hannon's Railway Stakes winner Kool Kompany, who has subsequently been to France to win the Group Two Prix Robert Papin.

Kool Kompany was no match for The Wow Signal at Royal Ascot but that is the only blot on his copybook and connections will arrive at HQ on Sunday full of confidence of continuing their winning sequence.

O'Brien's dominance in the Phoenix Stakes has already been mentioned and his record in the race means that whatever represents Ballydoyle on Sunday warrants respect.

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However, Dick Whittington failed to justify favouritism in the listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, although he did bounce back to winning ways in the Group Three Anglesey at the Curragh last time, while The Great War has failed to build on his promising first two runs when disappointing at Royal Ascot and Newmarket.

The Curragh on Sunday would be the perfect time to prove their capabilities at Group One level but regardless of what wins, expect a ripple in both Guineas markets.


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