Ken Condon Considers Romanised is in ParisLongchamp on Sunday at the top of his game ahead of the return to France to the Prix du Moulin.
A surprise winner of last year Guineas, Holy Roman Emperor’s son fought to earn a substantial effect during the remainder of his three-year-old effort, however, has found his stride this season.
After nice efforts in defeat from the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and the Lockinge in Newbury, the charge of Condon rediscovered the trail in the Group Two Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh.
With companion Success Days for company again, Romanised crosses the Channel for another Group One mission this weekend, and his coach would be relishing the battle.
“He appears very well. We have had four weeks because the Marois and we believe he is heading back to France in very similar condition,” said the Rathbride-based trainer.
“Longchamp introduces another test, but we are very satisfied with him and it looks as if the ground will be someplace near good, which is essential to this horse. We did not need to wait until October, once the floor might have gone against him.
“As I say, this is going to be a different evaluation to Deauville, but we are just concentrating on trying to get the most out of our horse daily and we’ll see where that happens .”
Irish hopes will also be carried by the Aidan O’Brien-trained Circus Maximus.
Sussex Stakes runner-up and the St James’s Palace Stakes winner yields after evaporating out of controversy over a mile and a quarter at the Juddmonte International at York on his latest outing.
There is A battle made up of the Charlie Hills-trained Phoenix Of Spain, Charlie Appleby’s Line Of Duty, Harry Dunlop star Robin Of Navan and Kick About from the lawn of John Gosden.
Phoenix kicked off his campaign with a success however, has failed to conduct up to expectations in Goodwood and Royal Ascot.
“I left the choice to conduct him and I have been really happy with him the past few weeks,” said Hills.
“Jamie (Spencer) came and sat on him and he was happy also. It looks like a race we must maintain.”
Line Of Duty was beaten just over a length into third place by Romanised in the Marois and renews competition.
Appleby explained:”It was a very great run at Deauville on what his initial launch above a mile this season.
“He is up against the first and the second from the Marois, so he’s got that gap to close, but we’ve been really satisfied with him since and a little bit of rain would not do him any harm.”
Robin Of Navan steps back up in grade after winning a Group Two in Germany.
“He’s been ticking along well and we’re pleased with him. We place the cheekpieces on him in Germany and it appeared to actually sharpen up him and he loved race,” said Dunlop.
“I understand the caliber of that race isn’t as excellent as the Moulin, however we’ve Christophe Soumillon booked to ride and hands crossed the old boy will 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 2 for himso we thought we would roll the dice in a Group One.
“He ran well in the Guineas. It was good to see him put his mind back in front at Salisbury which would have done his optimism good.”
The area is completed by the past year’s French 2000 Guineas hero Olmedo (Jean-Claude Rouget), Marois runner-up Shaman (Carlos Laffon-Parias) and also the Prince Khalid Abdullah-owned set 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 against the Group One winner Laurens in the Prix Rothschild in Deauville and Group Three wins on his final couple of appearances.
Fabre said:”He’s progressing nicely, but that really can be a significant step up for him personally. I’m hoping he will run well, but we’ll see how he gets .
“He is associated with Byword so I know the family – he is a strong horse.
“We are just hoping for great floor. He won soft time, but he is better on good.”
According to the card, Appleby’s Al Dabaran puts his unbeaten record at Stake at the Group Three Prix des Chenes.
An impressive winner in his debut at Newmarket, the son of Dubawi goes in search of the hat-trick that weekend and followed up in the Recorded Pat Eddery Stakes at Ascot in July that was late.
“He’s in good order and we are excited about stepping up him to the distance,” said Appleby of his charge, who is a general 33-1 chance for Classic honours following year.
“The speed angle may be the stress – we may need 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 and even mile-and-a-half races next year.”