Sport Horse Racing

Monday 17 December 2018

Condon eyes Palace raid for Romanised

Trainer Ken Condon. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Ken Condon. Photo: Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Romanised features among 15 horses still in the mix for the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot next Tuesday.

Ken Condon's charge is one of six Irish-trained possibles in the mile Group One, with Aidan O'Brien providing the other five contenders in Gustav Klimt, US Navy Flag, Full Moon, Kenya and Threeandfourpence.

The John Gosden-trained Without Parole leads the home defence after he took his 100pc record to three in the Heron Stakes last time. He was re-routed to Sandown after a slight setback ruled him out of the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

The 2,000 Guineas form is represented by Tip Two Win, which put up a career-best performance to finish second behind Saxon Warrior and belie his odds of 50/1 for trainer Roger Teal.

The sole supplementary entry is Chilean, which is trained by Martyn Meade, while there is one French entry in Alex Pantall's Wootton. Godolphin also have Key Victory, trained by Charlie Appleby.

Completing the possibles are French 2,000 Guineas runner-up Hey Gaman, Gabr, Glorious Journey and Kings Shield.

On the domestic scene, Sheila Lavery fears Mr Scarlet might just need the run in this evening's Ballycorus Stakes at Leopardstown. The four-year-old had some top-class form to his name last season, with his best effort coming when fifth to Caravaggio in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

In three subsequent runs, while he did manage to finish second to Intelligence Cross at Navan, he failed to come close to repeating his Ascot run. He makes his first appearance since finishing behind Queen Reflection at Naas in September in this seven-furlong Group Three.

"He just had a small problem after his run at Naas, which is why he hasn't been out any earlier," said Lavery. "I'd love to have started him off in a lesser race but with his rating of 100 there wasn't really anything there for him. He just might need this race."

Ger Lyons runs two, Ardhoomey and Medicine Jack, while Aidan O'Brien saddles Full Moon and St Patrick's Day.

Johnny Murtagh's True Valour and Eddie Lynam's Fas are the highest-rated runners in the race and Jim Bolger's Smash Williams completes the field.

Patrick Mullins bids to get his name on the winner's list in the Leopardstown Members (Q.R.) Maiden. It is a little surprising that one of the country's finest amateur riders has not managed to claim this prize in the last 10 renewals, but he could put that right aboard Nessun Dorma.

The Canford Cliffs gelding's form has taken a bit of a nosedive, but he has been running in competitive handicaps and has not been beaten by huge distances.

It could pay to follow Co Carlow-trained horses as Jim Bolger brings a decent team to Foxrock. Fresh from a Roscommon double on Monday, a brace he shared with stable jockey Kevin Manning, Bolger runs Scriobh Nua in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

Dream Of Words formed part of Bolger and Manning's Roscommon two-timer and she may go in again in the 'Paddy & Saoirse Casey' Handicap.

Irish Independent

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