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Tuesday 23 October 2018

Sergei to soar like a Phoenix

Sergei Prokofiev
Sergei Prokofiev

Trainer Aidan O'Brien will attempt to win his 17th Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh tomorrow when Sergei Prokofiev (3.35) looks to return to winning ways.

We were told earlier in the week that if Advertise travelled to the Curragh he would put an end to the Ballydoyle dominance and, after sourcing a plane to travel the two-year-old on the morning of the race, Martyn Meade's charge does indeed take his chance.

The confidence from the connections of the colt, who will be ridden again by Frankie Dettori, is admirable and they do have form over Sergei Prokofiev as Advertise was second in the Coventry Stakes a neck in front of the Ballydoyle runner.

Factor

Curragh advantage always seems to be a big factor though and it's hard to oppose O'Brien's charge here.

There is some little cloud over the Ballydoyle runners at the moment with some horses under-performing but the more straightforward style that the Phoenix Stakes is likely to be run should suit Ryan Moore's mount and I think we can expect that Ascot form to be reversed.

Ger Lyons looks to have found the perfect stepping stone for Fulminate (3.00) to make it two from two. The seven-furlong fillies race is worth €30,000 and the Fairyhouse winner can continue the fruitful partnership between Lyons and owner Prince Khalid Abdullah.

Speak In Colours (4.10) get a tentative nod in the Group Three Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club Phoenix Sprint Stakes for Joseph and Donnacha O'Brien with his Ascot run being ignored and the pair might also go close with Band Of Outlaws (5.15) in the finale.

There is jump action at Downpatrick and Ruby Walsh's presence is notable for Irish newcomer Eclat Des Mottes (4.25) who was third on his sole start in France.

Curragh tomorrow

1.55 Nitro Boost

2.25 Elegant Lass

3.00 Fulminate

3.35 Sergei Prokofiev

4.10 Speak In Colours

4.45 Danz Gift

5.15 Band Of Outlaws

Downpatrick tomorrow

2.05 Agusta Gold

2.40 Cartwright

3.15 Make My Heart Fly

3.50 Tranquil Magic

4.25 Eclat Des Mottes

4.55 Lady Of The Sea

5.30 Rebel Og

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