Condon eyes Ascot Success

Success Days remains on course for a tilt at the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot – despite being well beaten at Leopardstown on Saturday.

Success Days: Still on target for the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot

Having opened his account for the campaign with a tenacious front-running victory in the Royal Whip at the Curragh last month, the grey returned to the highest level in the Irish Champion Stakes, but beat just one rival home.

Trainer Ken Condon said: "He got taken on for the lead and probably got a bit too competitive too early.

"He just over-raced and did plenty in front for a long way before getting tired, but I'm delighted to report he's 100 per cent after the race.

"The ground was perfectly safe, but we know he's a horse who prefers slower conditions and it was obviously a seriously competitive race. We're not disappointed and he'll go to Ascot now, all being well, where he'll hopefully get slower ground."

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Condon has also entertained the possibility of sending Success Days to Italy before the season is over.

The County Kildare handler added: "We'll see how he gets on there (Ascot), but there's a chance his last run of the year could be in Rome on November 6. There's a mile-and-a-quarter Group One (Premio Romo) there for him."

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