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.”
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.”
We had a good night at the Curragh last night where Crafty Madam got up to win the Finlay Volvo Cars Summer Fillies Handicap under Niall McCullagh
“Niall is riding with great confidence. He rides work for us and has always been a very good rider, he’s a classic winning rider. With 8-4 he was always going to ride her. He’s given her some ride”
It was great to get a win for owner/breeder Con Harrington who has been a good supporter. She’s a half-sister to Profitable so she’s a very important filly for the breeding shed going forward.
“We have a little bit to go in the ratings but we’ll try for a bit of black-type along the way. That’s a great pot to win and we’re delighted to win on Derby weekend.
Ice Cold In Alex was an unlucky loser of the Eleanor & Lyndsey Comer Memorial H´cap over 7f when beaten a half a length by Baladiya. Hopefully, he will have his day soon.
On Romanised (4th at Royal Ascot), “He ran a super race. He did everything right and the splits just didn’t come for him. Billy (Lee) was delighted with him.
“He came out of the race well and we’ll probably go back to Deauville for the Jacques Le Marois over the straight course. Goodwood mightn’t just suit him.”
Celtic Beauty put up a very good performance in the Albany at Royal Ascot and is an exciting filly for the season. She will be eligible for all the 6f filly Stakes Races such as the Duchess of Cambridge, The Cheveley Park Stakes, and the Prix Morny in August. She is a smart filly with a lot of pace and will be exciting for owner David Kelly.
Romanised will head to Royal Ascot in just over a weeks’ time and we are hopeful he can raise his game again for the Queen Anne Stakes.
We were very happy with his run in the Lockinge last month, finishing fourth with less than 4 lengths separating him from the winner. He has come out of the race in good shape and the straight mile at Ascot should suit him well and play to his strengths.
He’s one that might step up in trip later in the season and needs good ground. In the Lockinge, he levelled out and just stayed going, it was very pleasing.
Celtic Beauty, a nice filly by No Nay Never will also take her chances in Royal Ascot, in the Albany Stakes.
She ran a promising third in Naas on debut in late April and subsequently finished a close up third in a Group 3 event again at Naas a few weeks later. She’s still a maiden but it was a very good run to be just beaten by Etoile and Peace Charter.
She made her challenge up the outside and had improved a lot from her first to her second run. Hopefully, she can improve again as she’s a nice filly with a bit of talent.
Success Days is now headed for the Group 3 La Coupe at Longchamp next Monday 10th June. Now a seven-year-old, it’s his last season. He has been a great servant to the yard and ran a great race to finish third in the Group 2 Huxley Stakes in Chester where he got the soft ground he needed.
Closer to home, work is almost complete on the yard and is taking great shape. The indoor has been a great addition. Painting is finished; we are just waiting on our Landscaper now!! 🤔