British raider Advertise is set to run in the prestigious Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh this Sunday and attempt to give owners Phoenix Thoroughbred Ltd their first major success in Ireland.
Trained in Britain by Martyn Meade, the son of Showcasing is one of fourteen horses remaining in the Group 1 contest following this morning’s entry stage.
The winner of the Group 2 July Stakes at Newmarket last month is likely to face a very strong challenge from Aidan O’Brien, who has won the race an unprecedented sixteen times.
O'Brien is responsible for 10 of the 14 juveniles confirmed for the Group 1 contest.
The champion trainer has left ten horses in the race including recent Goodwood winner Land Force, Sergei Prokofiev, Van Beethoven, So Perfect and Fairyland.O'Brien has saddled a staggering 16 winners of the race in the last 20 years, including each of the last four.
Previous O'Brien-trained victors include Johannesburg (2001), George Washington (2005), Holy Roman Emperor (2006) and Caravaggio (2016), and he appears intent on adding to his tally this weekend.
O'Brien's squad is headed by Sergei Prokofiev, while his other potential runners include Albany Stakes third Fairyland, Richmond Stakes scorer Land Force and So Perfect, who won the Grangecon Stud Stakes over this course and distance.
Nonetheless, plenty will fancy Martyn Meade's Advertise to become the first British-trained winner since Mark Johnston's Princely Heir in 1997.
The son of Showcasing was just ahead of O'Brien's Sergei Prokofiev when runner-up to Calyx in the Coventry Stakes and has since run out a facile winner of the July Stakes at Newmarket.
Jessica Harrington has left in a pair of course winners in Indigo Balance and Klute, while the other Irish-trained contender is the Mia Mento, who made a big impression on her debut for Tom Mullins at Leopardstown.
St Patrick’s Day, Gordon Lord Byron, Urban Beat, Intelligence Cross and Ardhoomey are among the eighteen entries remaining in the Group 3 Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club Phoenix Sprint.