Foley and Condon happy with Romanised as they target first royal strike
Shane Foley is looking forward to partnering Romanised in the St James's Palace Stakes on Tuesday, with the Irish 2,000 Guineas winner bidding to give the 30-year-old jockey and trainer Ken Condon a first Royal Ascot success.
Foley, who has two Irish Classic wins on his CV, said: "I've ridden at Royal Ascot a good few times and was placed in a Queen Mary and a Chesham, but to ride a winner there would be fantastic.
"Romanised was very good in the Irish Guineas and all has gone well with him since. He ran well in the Coventry last year and also ran second to Masar in the Solario Stakes, so he's done plenty of travelling.
"There's not going to be a big field and he should have a good shout – I'm really looking forward to riding him."
Condon said: "Romanised came out of the Irish Guineas very well. He did his last bit of fast work on Tuesday morning and everything went smoothly.
"We're very happy with him and with a bit of luck he should deliver another very good performance."
Since the turn of the century eight winners of the Irish 2,000 Guineas have gone on to victory in the St James's Palace Stakes - Black Minnaloushe, Rock Of Gibraltar, Araafa, Henrythenavigator, Mastercraftsman, Canford Cliffs, Kingman and, most recently, Gleneagles in 2015.
Romanised, a son of Holy Roman Emperor, came from behind to win the Irish Guineas by two and a quarter lengths and is 6-1 third favourite for Tuesday's race.
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