Sport Horse Racing

Friday 23 March 2018

Magnification set to enhance Condon's excellent strike rate

Trainer Ken Condon. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Trainer Ken Condon. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Ken Condon has won with two of his last three runners and is expected to enhance that ratio with his sole representative at Leopardstown tonight.

Condon (right) will saddle Magnification in the juvenile colts' maiden, with the stable's regular rider Shane Foley booked to steer this son of Equiano who's the only one of seven runners in the race to have had an outing.

Indeed, he has run with plenty promise on two occasions, first finishing second to Van Der Decken at the Curragh, and then filling the same position behind Medicine Jack.

Both of those are well regarded and bound for Royal Ascot, so Magnification may not need to do much more to win this.

Needless to say, we know little about his rivals, but, with Aidan O'Brien unleashing a £1.3m Galileo colt in Douglas Macarthur, chances are there will be some smart animals amongst them.

Nonetheless, Magnification is clearly no slouch, and he looked in need of further when keeping on over six furlongs at Navan. On stepping up to seven here, then, he could prove hard to beat.

In the Listed Glencairn Stakes, last year's winner Tennessee Wildcat is fancied to score again for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane. A staying-on sixth over an inadequate seven furlongs on his seasonal bow at Naas 11 days ago, Tennessee Wildcat will come on for that. Back over his optimum trip of a mile, he sets a fair standard.

The same firm has a chance with the first-time blinkered Elusive Cowboy in the 10-furlong maiden. However, Jim Bolger's An Cailin Orga appeals in this.

A daughter of Galileo and Finsceal Beo, An Cailin Orga has the pedigree to be a Group class performer.

She improved for her belated debut as a three-year-old to finish second to Earring at Gowran Park last month, and she has the scope to win this middling affair if she makes similar progress.

In the handicap that follows, the combination of Willie Mullins and Pat Smullen for Mckinley is of obvious note.

Irish Independent

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