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In-form Lee to make sacrifices for Romanised


Billy Lee

Billy Lee

Billy Lee

Billy Lee will sacrifice two weeks of Irish racing in order to maintain his partnership with Ken Condon's stable star Romanised as he vies for back-to-back victories in Sunday's Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.

The Limerick rider has been in flying form with 29 winners under his belt this season and he had little hesitation with regard to facing 14 days of quarantine upon his return in order to partner the Classic winner.

Condon is delighted to have Romanised's usual pilot in tow and reports his five-year-old, which scored on his seasonal return in the Group Two Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh last month, to be in flying form.

"He's obviously keen to maintain the partnership so even allowing for the quarantine restrictions that are prevalent in Ireland, he's happy to take the two weeks after it," Condon said.

"Billy rode the horse work this morning. He worked nicely and smoothly and we're good to go.

"He's been very good since his win at the Curragh. I'm looking forward to what promises to be an intriguing contest."

A top-class field will throw down the gauntlet with three Royal Ascot winners vying for the prize, as John Gosden's Palace Pier, Jessica Harrington's Alpine Star and Aidan O'Brien's Circus Maximus are primed to take on the reigning champion. 

Meanwhile, in the Listed Hurry Harriet Stakes (2.30) at Gowran Park today, O'Brien saddles Irish Oaks fourth Laburnum and English Oaks runner-up Ennistymon, but Seamie Heffernan switches to Laburnum and she gave a much better account when they collided at the Curragh, so the daughter of Galileo may edge it.