Ventura Storm set for Derby Trial

Richard Hannon’s Ventura Storm will take on the might of Ballydoyle in Leopardstown’s Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial on Sunday.

Impressive on his seasonal return in the Feilden Stakes at Newmarket, connections are keen to see just how far he can progress.

Earlier in the week Aidan O’Brien suggested Idaho, runner-up in the Ballysax Stakes, was likely to be among his team.

Tim Palin, racing manager for owners Middleham Park Racing said: “We’ll go to Leopardstown and take on the might of Ballydoyle.

“We could have taken him to France this weekend but that looks like being a very hot race.

“Instead we’ll take on the likes of Aidan O’Brien, Jim Bolger and Dermot Weld - it’s a very exciting prospect.”

  • So Mi Dar and Pretty Perfect head a strong-looking entry of 17 for the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York on Wednesday.

Trained by John Gosden, So Mi Dar is beautifully bred as a daughter of Dubawi and top-class racemare Dar Re Mi and impressed in beating the colts in the Derby Trial at Epsom last month.

Pretty Perfect looked smart in winning the Salsabil Stakes at Navan and is one of five possibles for Aidan O’Brien.

Promising Run is an interesting one stepping up in tip for Saeed bin Suroor, on the back of a good juvenile campaign and twice finishing second to the high-class Polar River at the Dubai Carnival.

  • Andre Fabre is not expecting any fireworks when Frankel’s brother Proconsul makes his racecourse debut at Chantilly on Friday.

Like his illustrious sibling, Proconsul is owned by Khalid Abdullah and at one stage held an entry in the 2016 Investec Derby.

However, he never made it to the racecourse as a two-year-old and Fabre does not think there are any similarities between the pair.

“He is a very laid-back individual,” said Fabre.

“There is no doubt that he will come on for the run, it will do him some good.

“He never actually had any problems last year. He came late into training and has just taken time.

“Some horses do, some horses pick it up quickly, but he has certainly taken time. He is very different from his brother.”

Proconsul is one of 12 runners in the Prix de Joinville in which he will be ridden by Vincent Cheminaud.

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