Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Group 1) 6f
- (2yo, 6f, 9 runners)
- Winner €110,200 2nd €36,100 3rd €17,100 4th €5,700 5th €3,800 6th €1,900
- Going: Good to Yielding (Round Course: Good)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 13.30s
- Off time: 16:05:40
|1st||9 La Collina||33/1|
|3rd||7 Tough As Nails||1¾||12/1|
Frederick Engels 31
|2||127 9-1||D H Brown||J P Murtagh||111||10/3|
Gatepost (IRE) 54
|2||127 9-1||M R Channon||J P Spencer||109||5/1|
Lilbourne Lad (IRE) 42
|2||127 9-1||Richard Hannon||R Hughes||112||8/1|
Parish Hall (IRE) 17
|2||127 9-1||J S Bolger||K J Manning||14/1|
|2||127 9-1||A P O'Brien||J A Heffernan||112||7/4f|
Reply (IRE) 77
|2||127 9-1||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||7/1|
Tough As Nails (IRE) 42
|2||127 9-1||Michael Mulvany||G F Carroll||111||12/1|
After (IRE) 21
|2||124 8-12||A P O'Brien||C O'Donoghue||97||50/1|
La Collina (IRE) 24
|2||124 8-12||K Prendergast||D P McDonogh||33/1|
||2||9-1||A P O'Brien||J P Murtagh||3/1|
Aidan O'Brien has won this an astonishing 11 times in the past 13 years and will be expecting POWER to add to the roll of honour. The Oasis Dream colt had Roman Soldier just a neck behind when landing the Coventry Stakes at Ascot, however, and the latter was beaten a length by Frederick Engels in the Group 2 July Stakes at Newmarket. David Brown's colt looks certain to play his part here but may just lack the scope of the Ballydoyle entry. Gatepost wasn't far behind Power at Ascot so it's interesting that Mick Channon sends him for a rematch but Lilbourne Lad and Tough As Nails, first and second in the Railway Stakes here, are more likely to trouble the selection.
La Collina (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd entering straight and soon ridden, went 2nd inside final furlong and kept on well under pressure without reaching winner, 2nd of 6, nk behind Maybe (9-1) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Power 4-1fav (9-1) Raced stand side, held up in rear, headway when groups merged over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, ran on to lead well insid final furlong, edged right under pressure, all out, won at Royal Ascot 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Jun beating Roman Soldier (9-1) by nk, 23 ran.
Tough As Nails (IRE) 15-8fav (9-1) Always prominent, disputed lead from before halfway, driven along from well over 1f out, kept on well under pressure and carried slightly right inside final furlong, headed and no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Lilbourne Lad (9-1) at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Jun.
Lilbourne Lad (IRE) 9-4 (9-1) Always prominent, disputed lead from before halfway, ridden over 1f out, edged right under pressure inside final furlong, led and kept on best final 100 yards, won at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Jun beating Tough As Nails (9-1) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Reply (IRE) 10-3 (9-0) Led and disputed early, led halfway, ridden clear over 1f out, kept on strongly, easily, won at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn gd in May beating Slade Power (9-0) by 4l, 10 ran.
Frederick Engels 7-4 (8-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold early stages, challenged over 1f out, led entering final furlong, ran on well, won at Newmarket 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Jul beating Roman Soldier (8-12) by 1l, 7 ran.
Gatepost (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Raced centre, held up in rear, switched left to race in stand side group well over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on strongly, never able to challenge, 5th of 23, 2 1/4l behind Power (9-1) at Royal Ascot 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Jun.
Parish Hall (IRE) 3-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden to lead entering straight, stayed on far rail, headed under pressure early final furlong, kept on one pace but no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Remember Alexander (8-12) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) sft in Jul.
After (IRE) 3-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway into 4th 2f out, ridden into 3rd 1f out, stayed on into 2nd final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Fire Lily (8-12) at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 3 (1) in Jul.