Ken Condon brings Success Days back into calmer waters on Monday when he runs in the Coolmore Camelot Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas.
Last time out the admirable grey took on Australian superstar Winx but failed to cut any ice, finishing last of 10 runners at Randwick.
That was only 23 days ago and while Condon has been happy with him since, he does admit it is a slight concern Success Days has been beaten a long way on his last three starts, admittedly all in Group One company.
“We were open-minded about whether he’s be ready to run in this, but he’s in such good shape and has worked to his usual level at home,” said Condon.
“The ground is drying, but there should be a little bit of moisture in it.
“There’s a little concern that his last two runs last season were disappointing as well, but they were in hot Group Ones.
“A smaller field, a drop in grade and closer to home, I’m hoping that will all be in his favour.
“He didn’t run too badly in Australia, he missed the break a bit and was then keen in behind. The ground was quick enough, too.
“On Cliffs Of Moher’s run in the Derby, or a couple of his runs behind Ulysses, he looks the one to beat still. It will be interesting.”
Cliffs Of Moher is trained by Aidan O’Brien, who also runs one-time Derby hope Yucatan.
The pair reappeared in the Alleged Stakes, which was won by another O’Brien inmate in Capri. Yucatan was fourth with Cliffs Of Moher fifth.
Yucatan is owned by Flaxman Stables and racing manager Alan Cooper said: “We’d like to win a Group race before we hopefully go back up the ladder, as he’s only won a maiden to date.
“Given his breeding (by Galileo out of Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Six Perfections) he’s a real stallion prospect – he’s a lovely-looking horse with an outstanding pedigree.”
Jessica Harrington runs Beautiful Morning, Jim Bolger is represented by Turret Rocks with Willie Mullins’ Renneti and the Ger Lyons-trained Mustajeer completing the field.