London Icon on Royal Ascot trail following Navan victory

Adrian Keatley mulling St James’s Palace and Jersey Stakes options

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All roads lead to Royal Ascot for London Icon following his impressive return to winning ways at Navan on Saturday.

Trainer Adrian Keatley viewed his charge as a potential candidate for the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the start of the campaign.

However, following a pleasing reappearance when runner-up at Naas in March, he disappointed in the Tetrarch Stakes at the same track last month, seeing his Classic aspirations go up in smoke.

London Icon had his sights lowered in a minor conditions race last weekend and following a dominant victory under veteran French jockey Gerald Mosse, the three-year-old is now likely to run in either the St James’s Palace or the Jersey Stakes at this month’s showpiece meeting.

Keatley said: “We were delighted with him. We decided we’d drop him in class to try to get his confidence up and it worked out well.

“He mightn’t have beaten a lot of good horses, but there was confidence behind a couple of them and he couldn’t have done it any easier.

“It’s great to have him back on track and hopefully we’ll have him ready for Royal Ascot now in a couple of weeks’ time.

“He’s in the St James’s Palace and we’ll also look at the Jersey. I’ll have a chat with Gerald and the owner in the next few days and make a decision on which way we’ll go.”

Mosse has partnered London Icon on his two most recent outings at the request of Hong Kong-based owner Simon Kwok and is likely to retain the ride at the Royal meeting.

“The owner decided that if Pat Smullen wasn’t available, he’d like Gerald to ride the horse if he could,” Keatley added.

“We’re delighted to have him, we’ve built up a good working relationship and long may it continue.”

London Icon on Royal Ascot trail following Navan victory
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