Sussex Stakes an option for Irish Guineas hero Romanised

Ken Condon ponders Goodwood assault with surprise Curragh winner

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Surprise Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Romanised has the Qatar Sussex Stakes as a possible target later in the season.

Trainer Ken Condon is firstly eyeing up the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, but the Holy Roman Emperor colt also features amongst 46 entries for the Sussex Stakes on August 1.

Condon, who has also entered Success Days, said of Romanised: “The Qatar Sussex Stakes is a race we have on our minds at the minute.

“He would have to improve again but, with natural progression, you would think he can.

“It is not a purely speculative entry and is a race that carries great prestige. He is a horse that needs a good, strong gallop and that is something we might get at Goodwood.

“I need to talk to the owners, but Romanised delighted us at the weekend and we are thinking about running him next in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

“It would be a nice race to target and it fits in really well in the calendar. After that, the Sussex Stakes is the race we will consider heading for.”

There are several international possibles at this stage, including Australia’s Redkirk Warrior, Yoshida, trained in America by Bill Mott, and the French duo of Olmedo and Wootton.

Aidan O’Brien has entered Saxon Warrior and Rhododendron among his 14-strong squad, while John Gosden’s Without Parole and last year’s winner Here Comes When are also involved.

Sussex Stakes an option for Irish Guineas hero Romanised

Ascot 16:20, 19 June 2018

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