Cristoforo Colombo heads a field of nine horses who will battle it out for Group 1 glory in the Keenland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday afternoon.
The most notable absentee from the line up is the Jim Bolger trained Dawn Approach who was set to go off a short price favourite for Sunday’s race as he looked to add to his four wins so far this season, which included the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
Speaking on the reasoning behind the withdrawal of Dawn Approach Bolger said “The Futurity Stakes was the original plan. Dawn Approach is fine but I don’t think the ground would be suitable for him on Sunday, so we’re going to stick with the original plan.”
Along with Cristoforo Colombo, Aidan O’Brien also runs Pedro The Great and Parliament Square. Probably, who defeated Cristoforo Colombo in the Railway Stakes at the same venue in June, will aim to give trainer David Wachman his second winner in the race.
In what is a top class card Famous Name and Born To Sea head a select number of runners in the Group 2 Keeneland Royal Whip Stakes on the same programme, while the John Oxx trained Harasiya is likely to start favourite in the Group 2 Keeneland Debutante Stakes. Definightly trained in Britain by Roger Charlton is one of nine runners in the Group 3 Patrick P O’Leary Memorial Phoenix Sprint, while the home trained team is lead by multiple Group 1 race winner Starspangledbanner, together with Fire Lily and Invincible Ash.