Power has been installed as the 7-4 market leader ahead of this Sunday’s Keenland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh as his trainer Aidan O’Brien goes in search of another winner in the 6f Group 1 for two year olds.
O’Brien has won 11 out of the last 13 renewals of the Phoenix Stakes and will send his unbeaten Coventry Stakes hero Power to do battle for him this weekend. Joining Power could be stable mates Boris Grigoriev, After and Homecoming Queen.
There will be a strong English challenge on Sunday with Group 2 Railway Stakes winner Lilbourne Lad representing Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes the 5-2 second favourite with Frederick Engels the Windsor Castle Stakes and the July Stakes victor next best in the betting at 7-2.
The going at the Curragh on Wednesday morning has been described as Good on The Straight Course. Good to Firm on the Round Course.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s card track manager Paul Hennessy said “There will be showers and some rain about but we should have some good warm weather too, so I’d say the ground shouldn’t be too far off what we’re calling it here today come Sunday afternoon.”
Keeneland Phoenix Stakes
Paddy Power: 7-4 Power, 5-2 Lilbourne Lad, 7-2 Frederick Engels, 6 Reply, 9 Gatepost, Tough As Nails, 16 Qatar’s Pearl, 25 Parish Hall, After, La Collina 33-1 bar