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Aspect now a Naas prospect

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Shane Foley, on Sacred Aspect, makes a move to challenge the leader Ealain Aibrean, on the way to winning the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Auction Maiden. Leopardstown Racecourse. Picture credit: Ray McManus/Sportsfile.

Shane Foley, on Sacred Aspect, makes a move to challenge the leader Ealain Aibrean, on the way to winning the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Auction Maiden. Leopardstown Racecourse. Picture credit: Ray McManus/Sportsfile.

Shane Foley, on Sacred Aspect, makes a move to challenge the leader Ealain Aibrean, on the way to winning the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Auction Maiden. Leopardstown Racecourse. Picture credit: Ray McManus/Sportsfile.

KEN CONDON has high hopes for Sacred Aspect after she got off the mark in pleasing fashion at Leopardstown on Sunday.

The County Kildare trainer now plans to run the daughter of Haatef in the Coolmore Stud EBF Sprint Stakes at Naas on June 3 – a race won last year by subsequent 1000 Guineas heroine Sky Lantern.

Should she prove up to scratch in that Listed contest over six furlongs, then races such as the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Grangecon Stud Stakes, formerly known as the Balanchine Stakes, at the Curragh on June 30 could come into the equation.

"We were very pleased with that. She's come out of Sunday's race well and we are going to let her take her chance in the Listed race at Naas," said Condon.

"She's scopey and has a bit of size. We feel she is going to progress with racing and for nicer ground.

"What she does there will tell us where we are going. Her work has been good and if the Naas run works out she has the option of the Balanchine at the Curragh on Derby weekend.

"And we wouldn't be averse to sending her for the Albany at Royal Ascot, or at least giving her an entry.

"We had a runner there last year and we are trying to put one or two horses together for this year, but we will see how she gets on at Naas first."


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