Emperor can rule in Phoenix Stakes

HOLY Roman Emperor can show he is a live English 2000 Guineas candidate by landing the Group One Independent Waterford Wedgwood Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh tomorrow.

The Danehill colt made a winning debut at Leopardstown in June and then proved disappointing when contesting the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He never travelled at any stage through that contest, finishing over seven lengths 15th of 19 behind Hellvelyn. Highly regarded at Ballydoyle, that was clearly not his running.

Holy Roman Emperor subsequently looked a class act when quickening in good style to beat Drayton by three parts of a length in the Group Two Railway Stakes at the Curragh.

Hellvelyn, unbeaten in three races, is entitled to the greatest respect, but Holy Roman Emperor to reverse Ascot placings is the prediction.

The Group Two United Arab Emirates Royal Whip Stakes has attracted just four runners, but has a fascinating appearance, with a pair of three-year-olds taking on two older horses.

The youngsters may have to give best to their elders and Chelsea Rose is fancied to beat bang-in-form Mustameet

The selection ran far too freely, and was out of her depth in any case, when fourth behind Ouija Board in the Group One Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last Saturday.

Previously, Con Collins’ mare produced a career-best effort when beaten a neck by Alexander Goldrun on this track.

Mustameet has developed into a tremendous campaigner, but is a specialist miler and you would have to harbour doubts about him getting this stiff ten furlongs.

Kevin Prendergast’s once-raced Lady Shanghai, highly rated, can prove the solution to the Grangecon Stud EBF Maiden.

She has been rested since finishing third, on soft ground, to Country Song and Howya Now Kid at Tipperary back in early May.

At Kilbeggan tonight, Share Option can prove yet another winner for Davy Russell in the Kevin Cooke Maiden Hurdle.

He’s no great shakes and was flattered by his promximity, beaten four lengths, to the useful Serve Time at Ballinrobe.

But everything is relative and Ken Condon’s four-year-old should have the legs on this opposition.

Mill House Girl has certainly failed to live up to earlier expectations, but there is no denying her prospects in the Ulster Bank Mares Maiden Hurdle.

She was probably unsuited by the rain-softened surface when a poor fifth behind Arc Lemanique at Galway, but a repeat of her second to Ecole d’Art at Down Royal prior to that would be good enough.

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