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Second Group One for Romanised as Condon ace wins the Marois

Sun 11 Aug 2019

Ken Condon’s Romanised recorded an impressive success in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville on Sunday.

A surprise winner of last year’s Irish 2,000 Guineas, there were signs earlier this year he was coming back to something like his best when he was not beaten far in either the Lockinge at Newbury and the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot.

Dropped in class last time out for the Minstrel Stakes, he received the perfect confidence boost in that Group Two at the Curragh to prepare him for this Group One assignment.

Settled beautifully for Billy Lee as Vocal Music and Condon’s Success Days put the pace to the one-mile showpiece, Romanised always looked to be going best.

 Romanised holds off Shaman to land the spoils under Billy Lee. Pic: FocusOnRacing
Romanised holds off Shaman to land the spoils under Billy Lee. Pic: FocusOnRacing

Coronation Stakes winner Watch Me was behind Romanised for most of the way, but failed to pick up as Lee drew alongside Shaman before quickening in style to win well.

Charlie Appleby’s Line Of Duty flew late to grab third, narrowly behind Shaman.

Condon said: "I'm over the moon, I was delighted with him.

"There's nothing like winning a Classic, but I've been watching racing since I was knee-high to a grasshopper and I've been very much aware of the history and prestige of this race.

"To get his name on the roll of honour means an awful lot.

"It also had added significance to me as I worked at Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard (sponsors) for a yearling season many years ago and I know some of the guys there, so we're thrilled.

"He was very impressive and it was great to see."

He added: "It was a lovely confidence-booster last time and we've been delighted with him since. He's in a good place.

"Him and Billy get on well and he's more mature this season, he seems to be improving and I'd say that might be a career-best.

"I'll discuss plans with his owner and his racing manager, but the Breeders' Cup Mile is very much on the agenda."

 Connections of Romanised celebrate success in the 2019 Prix Jacques Le Marois. Pic: FocusOnRacing
Connections of Romanised celebrate success in the 2019 Prix Jacques Le Marois. Pic: FocusOnRacing

Carlos Laffon-Parias was reasonably pleased with Shaman's performance, despite having to settle for second again with the French Guineas runner-up.

"We were beaten by the best horse in the race," he told Sky Sports Racing. "He was very unlucky in the Queen Anne and impressive last time. I said to Maxime (Guyon) before the race 'The one that beats us will be the winner'.

"Now it's very important to try and make him a Group One winner. He's entered in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and the Champion Stakes but I think we will run in the Prix Du Moulin on September 8 first and then see. Recoletos finished second here before winning the Moulin so hopefully we can repeat that."

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