Ken Condon hoping for ‘more to come’ from Success Days

Ken Condon feels there is more to come from Success Days after his all-the-way win in the Royal Whip at the Curragh on Sunday.

Ken Condon hoping for ‘more to come’ from Success Days

Winner of the Ballysax and Derrinstown Derby Trials last season, he picked up a bad injury in the Derby at Epsom on fast ground and needs cut to be seen to best effect.

A series of solid runs this year had proved he was back to something approaching his best and he took full advantage of the weight he was getting off Fascinating Rock to beat the Champion Stakes winner by three-quarters of a length, with Derby runner-up US Army Ranger in fourth.

“It was a great day, it was another career-best for me but the handicapper has said he’s going to leave him alone,” said Condon.

“He ran right through the line and crucially kept straight, which was a bit of a worry beforehand.

“He’s trotted out sound and it was a polished performance, he’s still improving.

“He was 5kg over his optimum weight so there’s more to come, too. Shane (Foley) said he blew up in the final furlong.

“The fact he ran straight against the rail was the most pleasing thing for me, though, as I’d always felt he was better going the other way.

“It’s not been decided if he stays in training next year, that will be reviewed in the autumn when we see where he’s at.

“He’s fresh, so there’s a possibility of three more runs this year.

“Leopardstown’s Champion Stakes is the first target, ground permitting, then he could go to Ascot and there’s options abroad in November.

“At some stage I’d like to try him over a mile and a half again and ride him more conservatively.”

Meanwhile Maarek is set to bid for back-to-back victories in the Listed totescoop6 Beverley Bullet on Saturday.

The Group One-winning sprinter won the £50,000 dash by a neck under a brilliant Jamie Spencer ride 12 months ago and is likely to return to East Yorkshire on Beverley’s richest raceday of the season.

County Tipperary-based Evanna McCutcheon said: “Maarek is also entered at Tipperary on Thursday, but I would say it was more likely he’ll come back to Beverley for the Bullet instead.”

Should all run smoothly at the weekend, Maarek is then likely to head to Chantilly for the Group One Prix de l’Abbaye, a race he won in 2013 when staged at its usual home of Longchamp, on October 2.

McCutcheon added: “He ran a really nice race on his last-but-one start at Chantilly, so hopefully we’ll head back to France in good spirits.”

Last season’s Bullet runner-up Line Of Reason could renew rivalry with Maarek for the Paul Midgley team, while popular veteran Kingsgate Native could take his chance after earning a stay of retirement with victory at Nottingham earlier this month.

He is one of three possible runners for Newmarket trainer Robert Cowell, who can also call on Spirit Quartz and Strath Burn.

Classy sprinter Muthmir (William Haggas) and Sandown scorer Son Of Africa (Henry Candy) also feature in the 23 entries. Richard Fahey could be double-handed with Mayfair Lady and Mr Lupton, while fellow Yorkshire trainer Bryan Smart, who won the race in 2011 with Tangerine Trees, could saddle the hat-trick-seeking Alpha Delphini.

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