By Jon Lees
Ken Condon trains one of Europe’s leading older milers, but he will be leaving Romanised at home when he tries instead to win the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile with new acquisition Trais Fluors at Santa Anita next weekend.
With Prix Jacques le Marois winner Romanised having been roughed off for the year, it will be left to the ex Andre Fabre-trained Trais Fluors, in the same Robert Ng ownership, to take on a Mile field that includes Circus Maximus, who edged out Romanised in a controversial finish to the Prix du Moulin in September.
Trais Fluors, who changed hands for €370,000 at this month’s Arqana Arc Sale, has been entered in two Breeders’ Cup races, but is set to get into $2million Mile from the also-eligible list, with two of the 14-strong field expected to defect to other races.
For Fabre, Trais Fluors won six times but ran his best races in defeat, when he was placed four times at Group One level, including in this year’s Prix d’Ispahan in which he took third.
Condon, who trains in Kildare, said: “We are just getting to know Trais Fluors as we haven’t had him that long. From his form he is a very consistent horse who likes faster conditions. He is a super addition to the team.
“He was bought by Mr Ng who wanted a horse to run at those big international meetings like the Saudi Cup fixture and possibly Dubai. His form reads that of a good, solid, consistent horse.
“We’d have loved the challenge of bringing Romanised there but, as is his prerogative, Mr Ng was happy to keep Romanised in training and with that in mind it was thought best to let him down for the winter and come back next year.”
Condon recognises Trais Fluors will be among the outsiders in the Sky Sports Racing-televised Mile, for which Circus Maximus is the ante-post favourite.
He said: “It looks a very open year and Mr Ng’s racing manager Rupert Pritchard-Gordon has followed Trais Fluors’ career closely. He has a bit of age and experience about him, which will help with the travel, and hopefully he can give a good performance.
“He is my first runner in the United States and my first Breeders’ Cup runner. Billy Lee will take the ride. He has ridden at the Breeders’ Cup before and that was at Santa Anita.”