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 Guineas, the son of Holy Roman Emperor fought to earn a significant impact during the rest of his campaign, but has found his stride this season.
Following fine efforts in defeat from the Lockinge at Newbury and the Queen Anne in Royal Ascot, Condon’s charge rediscovered the winning trail at the Curragh prior to doubling his tally in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.
With company Success Days for business once more, Romanised spans the Channel for another Group One assignment that weekend, along with his trainer is relishing the battle.
“He seems very well. We have had four weeks since the Marois and we think he’s heading back to France in quite similar condition,” said the Rathbride-based coach.
“Longchamp introduces another test, but we’re very satisfied with him and it looks as though the ground will be somewhere near good, which is very important to this horse. We did not want to wait until October, when the floor may have gone against him.
“As I mention, this will be a different evaluation to Deauville, however, we’re only focusing on trying to find the most out of our horse daily and we’ll see where that happens ”
The Aidan O’Brien-trained Circus Maximus also carries hopes.
Sussex Stakes runner-up and the St James’s Palace Stakes winner returns after fading at York on his latest outing.
A challenge is made up Of Spain of this Charlie Hills-trained Phoenix, Charlie Appleby’s Line Of Duty, Harry Dunlop star Robin Of Navan and Kick On from John Gosden’s yard.
Phoenix Of Spain kicked off his campaign with a superb victory from the Guineas, however, has since failed to conduct up to expectations in Goodwood and Royal Ascot.
“I left the choice to conduct him and I have been very happy with him the last couple weeks,” said Hills.
“Jamie (Spencer) came and sat on him and he was happy also. It looks like a race we need to be in.”
Line was beaten just over a length by Romanised in the renews and Marois competition.
Appleby said:”It was a really great run at Deauville about which his first launch above a mile this season.
“He is up against the first and the second from the Marois, therefore he’s got that gap to close, but we’ve been really satisfied with him because and a little bit of rain wouldn’t do him any harm.”
After winning a Group Two in 15, robin Of Navan steps up in quality.
“He’s been ticking along nicely and we are happy with him. We place the cheekpieces on him in Germany and it seemed to actually sharpen him up and he loved race,” said Dunlop.
“I understand the standard of the race is not quite as good as the Moulin, but we’ve got Christophe Soumillon reserved to ride and hands crossed the older boy will probably 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 in a Group One.
“He ran well in the Guineas. It was great to see him put his mind back in front at Salisbury which would have done his confidence ”
The field is done by the past season’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 steps up in class following Listed obligate won his first 3 starts before finishing third in Deauville and Group Three wins on his very last couple of appearances.
Fabre explained:”He’s progressing nicely, but this is a significant step up for him. We will find out how he gets on, although I am hoping he will run nicely.
“He is related to Byword so I understand the family – he’s a powerful horse.
“We’re just hoping for good ground. He won on soft time, but he’s better .”
Elsewhere on the card, the Al Dabaran of Appleby sets his unbeaten record.
An impressive winner on his debut at Newmarket, Dubawi’s son goes in search of the hat-trick that weekend and followed up in the Listed Pat Eddery Stakes at Ascot in July that was late.
“He’s in good order and we are looking forward to stepping up him to the distance,” said Appleby of his charge, who’s a general 33-1 opportunity for Vintage honours following year.
“The speed angle might be the stress – we might have to make our own pace. We’ll see how it goes.
“Hopefully this is a wonderful improvement for him we examine mile-and-a-quarter as well as mile-and-a-half races for him next year.”
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