Fahey’s Triumphant at Kempton

Connections of Donjuan Triumphant are hoping he can make the most of a drop in class and a rise in trip in the 32Red.com Conditions Stakes at Kempton on Wednesday.

Donjuan Triumphant (r) steps up in trip at Kempton

The Richard Fahey-trained three-year-old will step up to seven furlongs for the first time since finishing fourth in a Group One in France last November as he bids for a first win of the year.

Despite having finished second in the Prix Maurice de Gheest back in August, the son of Dream Ahead failed to fire in both the Sprint Cup at Haydock and in the Champions Sprint at Ascot.

Tim Palin, syndicate manager for owners Middleham Park Racing, said: "It's a confidence-boosting run for him. He has ran some great races this season in the Maurice de Gheest and the Sandy Lane at Haydock.

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"The way he ran at Ascot the other day he did the opposite to what Donjuan usually does – he tanked off for the first two-thirds of the race and fell in a heap in the final third.

"We want him to enjoy himself as, mentally, he is just not a happy horse.

"He has been working well, but he doesn't have to win. It would be nice for him to finish in the first three and enjoy it.

"He has suggested a few times that the step back up to seven furlongs should be within in his compass.

"We looked at the six-furlong Listed race at Lingfield on Saturday but the last thing he wants his going downhill round the bend against real speedy horses.

"We just felt that the flatter track on a slightly slower surface with a drop in grade and the hood on would let him enjoy himself more."

Other notable entries in the race include the David Lanigan-trained Mitchum Swagger and Faydhan from the yard of John Gosden.

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