Ken Condon Considers Romanised is in ParisLongchamp on Sunday at the top of his game ahead of the return to France for the Prix du Moulin.
A surprise winner of last year’s Irish 2,000 Guineas, the son of Holy Roman Emperor struggled to earn a significant impact throughout the rest of his effort, but has found his stride this season.
Following attempts in defeat at the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and the Lockinge at Newbury, the charge of Condon rediscovered the winning trail at the Curragh prior to slashing his tally.
With steady company Success Days for business Romanised spans the Channel for another Group One assignment that weekend, and his coach is relishing the battle.
“He seems very well. We have had four months since the Marois and we all believe he is heading back to France in very similar condition,” said the Rathbride-based trainer.
“Longchamp presents another test, but we are very happy with him and it seems as if the floor will be someplace near good, which is essential to this horse. We didn’t need to wait until October, once the ground might have gone .
“As I say, this will be a different test to Deauville, however, we’re only focusing on trying to find the best out of our horse on the day and we’ll see where that takes us”
The Aidan O’Brien-trained Circus Maximus also carries irish hopes.
After evaporating from controversy above a mile and a quarter in the Juddmonte International at York on his latest 36, the St James’s Palace Stakes winner and Sussex Stakes runner-up returns.
A battle is Composed of this Charlie Hills-trained Phoenix Of Spain, Charlie Appleby’s Line Of Duty, Harry Dunlop’s stable star Robin Of Navan and Kick On from John Gosden’s yard.
Phoenix Of Spain kicked off his campaign with a success in the Irish Guineas, but has neglected to conduct up to expectations at Royal Ascot and Goodwood.
“I left the choice to conduct him and I have been very pleased with him the past couple weeks,” said Hills.
“Jamie (Spencer) came down and sat on him last week and he had been happy too. It appears like a race we should be in.”
Line was beaten just over a length into third position by Romanised from the Marois and renews competition.
Appleby explained:”It was a very great run at Deauville about what his initial launch over a distance this year.
“He’s up against the initial and the second from the Marois, so he’s got that gap to close, but we have been very pleased with him since and a little bit of rain would not do him any injury.”
After winning a Group Two in Germany robin Of Navan steps back up in quality.
“He has been ticking along well and we are pleased with him. We place the cheekpieces onto him in Germany and it appeared to really sharpen up him and he adored that race,” said Dunlop.
“I know the quality of that race is not quite as great as the Moulin, however we’ve Christophe Soumillon booked to ride and palms crossed the older boy would do himself pleased.”
Kick On was last seen winning the Group Three Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury, and Gosden said:”There isn’t actually a Group two for him, so we thought we would roll the dice at a Group One.
“He raced well in the Guineas. It was good to see him put his mind back in front at Salisbury which would have done his confidence ”
The field is done by last year’s French 2000 Guineas hero Olmedo (Jean-Claude Rouget), Marois runner-up Shaman (Carlos Laffon-Parias) and the Prince Khalid Abdullah-owned pair of Obligate (Pascal Bary) and Delaware (Andre Fabre).
While Delaware measures up in class following Listed obligate won his first 3 starts before finishing third against the six-times Group One winner Laurens at the Prix Rothschild in Deauville and Group Three wins on his last few looks.
Fabre stated:”He is progressing nicely, but that can be a big step up for him. I am hoping he will run well, but we will find out how he gets .
“He’s related to Byword so I understand the family – he is a strong horse.
“We are just hoping for great ground. He won soft time, but he is better on good.”
Elsewhere on the card, the Al Dabaran of Appleby sets his unbeaten record on the line in the Group Three Prix des Chenes.
An impressive winner on his debut at Newmarket, the son of Dubawi goes in search of the hat-trick that weekend and followed in the Recorded Pat Eddery Stakes at Ascot in July.
“He is in great order and we’re looking forward to stepping him up into the distance,” said Appleby of his charge, who is a general 33-1 chance for Vintage honours next year.
“The pace angle may be the stress – we may have to make our own pace. We’ll see how it goes.
“Hopefully this can be a great progression for him we examine mile-and-a-quarter as well as mile-and-a-half races for him next year.”
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