Elusive King wins

It was nice to get a win with Elusive King in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Naas for owner David Kelly on the last day of the Flat Turf Season.

He has come on since his first run at Naas two weeks ago and Chris Hayes said after the race “I was confident that he’d get there and travelled real strong. Colin Keane’s horse got a bit upset in the gates beside me and my lad was standing a bit awkward and missed it a fraction. On the conditions, it probably helped.

“He’s a genuine horse and coped with the ground and I think he’ll improve on better ground. It’s a real war of attrition.”

📸 credit: David Betts

Two Winners Since Friday

Believe In Beauty won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden in Dundalk last Friday by a length and a quarter ridden by Niall McCullagh

Niall thought she would like the surface and he was right. She’s been very consistent and was deserving of that, she likes fast ground, she doesn’t bend her knee.

“Even from a poor draw she broke smart and got a good tow into the race. Niall said he was going well everywhere. She was dead straight up the home run.

“It was great to get another win for owner David Kelly. He’s had a good year and has been a good supporter and been lucky.

“We’ll look for a nursery or something here. She’s actually in the Forans series final and it’s a nice pot.

“She’ll run away, she’s taking it well, and we’ll keep going to the end of the season.”

Photo Credit: Healy Racing

Schroders Mistake a daughter of Cable Bay won the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden at Fairyhouse on Monday under Niall McCullagh by a length and three parts with four lengths back to third.

She had a good first run in Leopardstown and the race has worked out well. We are delighted with that and it’s nice for the owners.

She showed another facet to her game by handling that ground, which has gone on soft, as she had been running on top of the ground.

There are options of two races for her now, either the final of the Foran series over 7f  or a race over 6f on the same day.

Photo Credit: Healy Racing

Romanised to stay in training in 2020

It was great to be able to disclose on Wednesday that Romanised will stay in training for 2020.  His owner, Mr.Ng has said consistently since he was a 2 yr old that he would improve with maturity and age. Its certainly seems that way this season so far.
For next season I’d anticipate him starting in the Lockinge at Newbury and following a similar program to this season with the Queen Anne and Jacques le Marois featuring.
In the immediate future is the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp on Sunday next. He seems well since his super win in the Jacques Le Marois. Hopefully, he will be at his best physically,  enjoy luck in running and we will see where that leaves him.

Celtic Beauty and Crafty Madam to run in York on Thursday

The Albany Stakes runner up Celtic Beauty goes to York this Thursday for the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes Group 2 over 6f fresh from a nice victory at Naas. That was a good confidence booster and she has come out of the race well. The good ground should suit at York, it is a level fast track, that plays to speed and pace and she showed that as Ascot, she will face stiff competition but hopefully she will give a good account of herself and run well.

It was great to win the Finlay Volvo Cars Summer Fillies Handicap with Crafty Madam on Derby weekend over 7f and she followed this up with a solid 2nd over 1mile on Oaks weekend. She also goes to York on Thursday for the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap back over the optimum trip of 7f. She has gone up 13lb in the ratings since the start of the year. She is in good order and goes into the race with solid form so we would be hopeful of a good run also

Photo Credit: Coolmore Stud

Romanised and Success Days both set to run in the Prix Jacques Le Marois

Romanised is set to take his place in the line-up for the Prix Jacques Le Marois in Deauville this Sunday following his win in the Paddy Power Minstrel Stakes (Group 2) at the Curragh on the 20thof July. “It was lovely to see that win. Billy was delighted with him and he said when the gap came, he quickened up very smartly. He said when he got to the front he was always just doing enough. I thought it was a lovely performance” He’s gone very professional this year, more relaxed and easier to deal with.

“We didn’t want to leave it that there could be a false, muddling pace, so that’s why Success Days goes to the Prix Jacques Le Marois as well. He has a job to do and hopefully both of them get there all right and we’ll see what happens,”

“Both horses seem well and Romanised has been running to a good level all year. He ran a good race in the Lockinge and ran well in Ascot, where he was maybe a bit unlucky. He didn’t get the splits when he needed them and he might have finished a little bit closer but for that,”

“He backed that up with a very good performance over a fast-run seven furlongs at the Curragh. He won well in a good time that day and we’ve been very happy with him since.

“Hopefully there’ll be plenty of pace on, as I think it’s pretty obvious by now Romanised is at his best when there’s a good gallop. I’d imagine Vocal Music will go forward for Study Of Man and Success Days will ensure it’s at least an even gallop, so we’ll see what happens after that.

“Romanised certainly seems in good form and hopefully he can put up another good performance.”