Tuesday 21 November 2017

Condon hoping rain can bring 'Success' to Leopardstown

Success Days is likely to line up for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes, as long as the ground is suitable. Photo: PA
Success Days is likely to line up for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes, as long as the ground is suitable. Photo: PA

Thomas Kelly

Success Days could have two chances at Group One glory - the first at Leopardstown on Saturday - before being retired at the end of the season.

Trainer Ken Condon is looking at the Champion Stakes on both sides of the Irish Sea as the final appearances on the track for his five-year-old before he embarks, on a career as a stallion.

Success Days is likely to line up for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes, as long as the ground is suitable. Condon reports the soft-ground-loving grey to be in fine shape after his gutsy win in the Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes on the Knavesmire and has his eye on the weather. "They are due rain. He seems very well and we'd like to give him the chance to run," said the Kildare handler.

"Obviously, the slower the ground the better, bit if it was good or good to yielding at least, I'd say he'd be allowed to take his chance. He seems very well. He'll work on Tuesday and will have the usual checks after that. At this stage, I'd say it's likely he'd run in the Champion."

He added: "He's in great form with himself. The more rain that's knocking around, the better for him.

"After that I'd have thought Ascot is very much in the picture then. That would be his major target. This is probably his last season racing. I think connections are working on finding a place at stud for him when he retires and are looking at a few operations."

Officials at the Foxrock track report it to be in great order ahead of the showpiece fixture. With only a few drops of rain forecast for the coming week, conditions look set fair for the time of year, with Classic winners Churchill and Winter topping a stellar cast of entries.

Operations manager David Attwood said: "The ground is currently good and we had a nice bit of rain over the weekend which should see it ride lovely come Saturday.

"To have two dual Guineas winners likely to take their chance is a real treat for racing fans, and this time of year is when we really see the clash of the generations in full swing.

"I think Churchill could potentially deliver something very special in the Champion Stakes, as I'm not sure we've seen the best of him since his Irish Guineas win."

Irish Independent

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