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Condon aiming big after superb 217/1 double


Trainer Ken Condon. Photo: Sportsfile

Trainer Ken Condon. Photo: Sportsfile


Trainer Ken Condon. Photo: Sportsfile

Ken Condon has big plans for his stable stars after his incredible 217/1 Group Two double at the Curragh on Saturday.

First up, Romanised returned in style from a 317-day absence to land the Minstrel Stakes under Billy Lee and will now head for a return visit to France.

"He'll go back to Deauville now to try to win the Jacques le Marois again," said Condon. "It's four weeks so it's a nice bit between now and then for him to take this race and get something from it.

"Hopefully he can go there in good form and give a good account."

And the Curragh trainer has earmarked all the top juvenile races for his Law Of Indices which sprung a 66/1 shock in the Railway Stakes in the hands of Chris Hayes. "He's entitled to run in all the good races now, he's well entered up. He's in the Phoenix and the National Stakes," said Condon.

"The Railway is always a very strong race so he'll take his chance in those Group Ones."

In France yesterday, Persian King ran out a ready winner of the Prix d'Ispahan at Chantilly for Andre Fabre and Pierre-Charles Boudot. Winner of the French Guineas last season and second in the French Derby, the Kingman colt missed the second half of the campaign.

Charlie Hills' Pogo set out to make all under Kieren Shoemark and was allowed an easy time on the front end, with Stormy Antarctic and Persian King settled in behind.

In truth, nothing else got into the race as Persian King cruised into the lead before drawing clear and Ed Walker's veteran Stormy Antarctic outran his huge odds to claim second, with Pogo sticking on for third.

Irish Independent