Tuesday 17 July 2018

Success Days 'in good shape' to collect for Condon at Naas

Trainer Ken Condon's Elusive Beauty is well proven on soft and heavy ground. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Trainer Ken Condon's Elusive Beauty is well proven on soft and heavy ground. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Nick Robson

Ken Condon brings Success Days back into calmer waters today when he runs in the Coolmore Camelot Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas.

Last time out the admirable grey took on Australian superstar Winx but failed to cut any ice, finishing last of 10 runners at Randwick.

That was only 23 days ago and while Condon has been happy with him since, he does admit it is a slight concern that Success Days has been beaten a long way on his last three starts, admittedly all in Group One company. He returns to Group Two level for today's test at the Co Kildare venue.

"We were open-minded about whether he's be ready to run in this, but he's in such good shape and has worked to his usual level at home," said Condon.

"The ground is drying, but there should be a little bit of moisture in it.

"There's a little concern that his last two runs last season were disappointing as well, but they were in hot Group Ones.

"A smaller field, a drop in grade and closer to home, I'm hoping that will all be in his favour.

"He didn't run too badly in Australia, he missed the break a bit and was then keen in behind. The ground was quick enough, too.

"On Cliffs Of Moher's run in the Derby, or a couple of his runs behind Ulysses, he looks the one to beat still. It will be interesting."

Cliffs Of Moher is trained by Aidan O'Brien, who also runs one-time Derby hope Yucatan.

The pair reappeared in the Alleged Stakes, which was won by another O'Brien inmate in Capri. Yucatan was fourth with Cliffs Of Moher fifth.

Yucatan is owned by Flaxman Stables and racing manager Alan Cooper said: "We'd like to win a Group race before we hopefully go back up the ladder, as he's only won a maiden to date.

Pedigree

"Given his breeding (by Galileo out of Breeders' Cup Mile winner Six Perfections) he's a real stallion prospect - he's a lovely-looking horse with an outstanding pedigree."

Jessica Harrington runs Beautiful Morning, Jim Bolger is represented by Turret Rocks with Willie Mullins' Renneti and the Ger Lyons-trained Mustajeer completing the field.

The Naas card also features the Group Three Coolmore Mastercraftsman Irish EBF Athasi Stakes for fillies over seven furlongs.

O'Brien and Ryan Moore team up with Broadway, while Lyons runs a daughter of Frankel in Lightening Quick.

Both may have to give way, however, to Dermot Weld's Yulong Gold Fairy ridden by Leigh Roche. The Mount Nelson filly has winning form over course and distance and was second on her first run this term at Leopardstown last month behind Who's Steph.

Weld can land a double in the Coolmore Zoffany Irish EBF Tetrarch Stakes later on the card with Imaging. Declan McDonogh's mount finished second behind Gustav Klimt at Leopardstown last month and that form should be good enough here with Aidan O'Brien's colt finishing sixth in Saturday's English 2,000 Guineas.

O'Brien and Moore can strike earlier on the card with Van Beethoven in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race for two-year-olds. The Canadian-bred ran on late on his debut at Newmarket and should improve to score here.

At Down Royal, the Daily Mirror Steeplechase is the feature event on a seven-race card and looks an open contest. Drumconnor Lad disappointed at Leopardstown on his last run, but is dropped back in trip here and can oblige for trainer Adrian Keatley and jockey Roger Loughran.

Irish Independent

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