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Condon can maintain hot streak and upset odds with 'Indices'


Trainer Ken Condon. Photo: Sportsfile

Trainer Ken Condon. Photo: Sportsfile


Trainer Ken Condon. Photo: Sportsfile

There's only one show in town this weekend in terms of quality with the Curragh boasting a Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (3.10) field that truly lives up to its Group One billing. 

A pair of British raiders are on the scene for the €200,000 prize with Richard Hannon's Prix Robert Papin winner Ventura Tormenta crossing swords once again with Michael Bell's runner-up The Lir Jet.

There was a lot to like about how Ventura Tormenta rallied gamely at the finish to score by a short head and he can be in the mix once again, while Michael O'Callaghan bids to break his duck at this level with Steel Bull.

The impressive Molecomb Stakes winner was supplemented and now races in the familiar red and yellow colours of Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez but the undefeated Clodovil colt is a tad short given the competition.

It's unusual not to see an Aidan O'Brien charge towards the head of the betting given that the Ballydoyle maestro has already landed this contest on 15 occasions and his trio of contenders are respected, but the value may lie with Laws Of Indices.

The son of Power was a surprise winner of the Railway Stakes but doesn't seem to be getting the respect which that performance deserves and Billy Lee's mount may prove best once more to continue a scintillating run of form for Ken Condon.

Jessica Harrington's exciting filly Millisle is warm order to prevail under Shane Foley in the Rathasker Stud Phoenix Sprint Stakes (3.40) with weight allowances in her favour.

The Starspangledbanner filly looked like she was back to something like her best when readily landing a Naas Group Three last time out but this looks like a trickier task taking on seasoned campaigners for the first time.

Speak In Colours has looked better than ever this season with Joseph O'Brien's grey taking the Group Two Greenlands Stakes before comfortably landing a Fairyhouse Group Three and Shane Crosse's mount is preferred based on the prices.

Harrington should have the answer in the Group Three Give Thanks Stakes (5.55) at Cork today, though, with Irish Oaks second Cayenne Pepper dropping back in grade and likely to prove a class apart under Foley.

Paddy Twomey's Silk Forest should also be up to landing the Listed Platinum Stakes (3.40) at the Mallow track, while Aidan O'Brien makes a two-pronged attack on the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest (2.50) at Deauville tomorrow when saddling Wichita and Lope Y Fernandez.

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