Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Group 1) 6f
- (2yo, 6f, Class 1, 6 runners)
- Winner €116,000 2nd €38,000 3rd €18,000 4th €6,000 5th €4,000 6th €2,000
- Going: Good to Yielding
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 14.55s
- Off time: 16:05:56
|1st||2 Dick Whittington||6/1|
|2nd||4 Kool Kompany||½||8/11f|
Cappella Sansevero 43
|2||129 9-3||G M Lyons||C T Keane||105||13/2|
Dick Whittington (IRE) 22
|2||129 9-3||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||105||6/1|
Kasbah (IRE) 18
|2||129 9-3 b1||J P Murtagh||N G McCullagh||92||25/1|
Kool Kompany (IRE) 21
|2||129 9-3||Richard Hannon||R Hughes||111||8/11f|
Beach Belle 69
|2||126 9-0||K Prendergast||J P Spencer||4/1|
I Am Beautiful (IRE) 42
|2||126 9-0||A P O'Brien||J A Heffernan||100||16/1|
||2||93||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||101||NR|
||2||93||A P O'Brien||J A Heffernan||101||NR|
||2||E Lynam||P J Smullen||105||NR|
||2||9-3||D Wachman||W M Lordan||4/1|
While there are plenty with potential here, the overall form of Kool Kompany and ANTHEM ALEXANDER should prove too much for them. The former is unbeaten in two starts in Ireland and has only tasted defeat once, in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot when Cappella Sansevero finished runner-up. Richard Hannon's colt has since redeemed himself with a pair of Group 2 victories and must take all the beating. However, the concession of the fillies' allowance to the selection may prove just beyond him as the latter had Hannon's Tiggy Wiggy, the subsequent Weatherbys Super Sprint winner, behind when landing the Queen Mary. Aidan O'Brien has won this eight times in 12 years and Dick Whittington looks the best of his trio while Beach Belle deserves her chance at this level after looking very smart at Naas.
The Great War (USA) 7-1 (9-0) In touch, headway and edged left over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 5l behind Ivawood (9-0) at Newmarket 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jul.
War Envoy (USA) 5-2 (9-3) Held up, 5th halfway, switched right and ridden 1 1/2f out, 4th 1f out, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Kool Kompany (9-3) at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Anthem Alexander (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) Raced towards near side, tracked leaders and always going well, headway halfway, led entering final 2f, ridden and strongly pressed over 1f out, kept on well and always holding on, won at Royal Ascot 5f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun beating Tiggy Wiggy (9-0) by nk, 21 ran.
Dick Whittington (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, went 2nd under 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Jul beating Toscanini (9-3) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Kool Kompany (IRE) 9-4 (9-2) won at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 5f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gs in Jul beating Strath Burn (9-2) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Cappella Sansevero 6-4fav (9-3) Uneasy in stalls, soon tracked leader, challenged and on terms 2f out, soon headed and under pressure, 5th 1f out, no impression, 5th of 7, 5l behind Kool Kompany (9-3) at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Beach Belle 15-8fav (9-0) Went right out of stalls and settled in rear, ridden 2f out and improved into 3rd 1f out, lead 100 yards from home and kept on well from there, won at Naas 6f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) in Jun beating Realtra (9-0) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Kasbah (IRE) 5-4fav (9-5) Disputed lead, pushed along before 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace in 2nd final furlong, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Ainippe (9-0) at Naas 5f 2yo mdn gf in Jul.
I Am Beautiful (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Made all, ridden clear 2f out, pressed 1f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, all out near line, won at Curragh 6f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun beating Jeanne Girl (9-0) by shd, 11 ran.