ROMANISED came with a rattling run to win the Group 2 Paddy Power Minstrel Stakes and register a second major success at the Curragh.
Ken Condon’s classy colt last saw glory in the Irish 2000 Guineas in May 2018, but returned to winning ways after several creditable efforts since, mainly at the top table.
Billy Lee was not perturbed by Romanised being slowly away and was content to settle him towards the rear of the field as All The King’s Men went off at a strong gallop.
Frankie Dettori had James Tate’s 7/4 favourite Hey Gaman in second place and kicked for home in the final quarter-mile, but Romanised (2/1) made up plenty of ground very quickly to challenge and hit the front in the last half-furlong.
The Holy Roman Emperor colt pulled away to score by a length, with Safe Voyage back in third for John Quinn.
There was no fairytale triumph for Tom Hogan’s Gordon Lord Byron, who could never threaten on his 100th career start, although he was far from disgraced in fourth.
Romanised, last year's Irish 2,000 Guineas winner, is back in the winner's enclosure with a smooth success in the Group 2 Minstrel Stakes over seven furlongs— Racing TV (@RacingTV) July 20, 2019
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“It’s lovely to see that. He’s been in good shape this year,” said Condon. “He had two lovely runs in Group 1 company (this season) and appreciated dropping in grade. Billy was delighted with him and said when the gap came he quickened up very smartly.
“He said when he got to the front he was always just doing enough. He’s gone very professional this year, more relaxed and easier to deal with. I thought it was a lovely performance.
“I’m pleased because you are nearly on a hiding to nothing, you’re nearly expected to win and you’d be hoping that it works out like that, but it rarely does in racing.
“He’ll come out of the race well and he’ll go the Jacques le Marois next. There was just a big gap between Ascot and the Marois, the guts of eight weeks, and I just thought he’d need something to keep him at a level. I’m delighted.
“I’d probably prefer to being going back to seven with him rather than going a mile and one or a mile and two today.
“What helped was that Billy said they went a good pace. He needed them to really, to be fair. He said from halfway he was happy with him.
“I thought he quickened well there, he switched leads, like a nice horse. He said when he got there he was like, ‘oh I’ve enough done’, which is nice as well. Billy was very good on him.
“I was kind of looking at the Prix de la Foret last year (over seven), but thought maybe the round track at Longchamp would be too sharp for him. I don’t know now. That opens up options.”