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Romanised given Jacques le Marois target

    Irish Guineas winner disappointed at Royal Ascot
  • Friday 29 June 2018
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Ken Condon feels the ground at Royal Ascot may have been too quick for his Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Romanised.

A surprise winner of the Curragh Classic, he was fancied to go close in the St James’s Palace Stakes last week.

However, he could only finish seventh of 10 behind Without Parole and sights have now been switched towards a trip to France.

“We were a little but disappointed at Ascot. The Curragh was lovely quick ground, there was kindness in it but you don’t tend to get that at Ascot,” said Condon.

“I’m not trying to make excuses but Shane (Foley) felt he pulled up a little bit short. Thankfully he’s fine, and he’ll resume cantering on Monday. He’s just been walking and trotting for exercise.

“I think the ground was a big factor. They put six millimetres (of water) on it overnight on Tuesday and I think Wednesday was lovely ground. There was just a little bit too much sting in it on Tuesday for him.

“We probably won’t go to Goodwood, hopefully he’ll go for the Jacque Le Marois. The straight mile at Deauville might replicate the Curragh as close as we can, and it’s only the second meeting of a month long Festival so the ground should be nice.

“I don’t think Goodwood suits his style as he is slowly away and it’s hard to make up ground there. We were on the back foot from the start at Ascot and they don’t come back to you there.”