Advertise jets into Curragh picture

11 August 2018 15:05:41 GMTPlus10

Martyn Meade has confirmed that Advertise will run in Sunday's Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh after he organised an early morning flight into Dublin.

The Newmarket-based trainer had expressed his desire to run in the race earlier this week, though Meade suggested no flight was available at that point.

The July Stakes winner is now bound for the Curragh, with his trainer delighted to be arriving on raceday.

Meade feels the stiff six furlongs at the Curragh would suit Advertise, and the race is preferred ahead of waiting another week for Deauville's Prix Morny.

I think we go to the Curragh with a really good chance.

Martyn Meade

"The Phoenix is the plan again. Anything can happen, but we are working on that basis and Frankie [Dettori] can ride," said the trainer.

"We've organised a flight for him from Farnborough to Dublin on Sunday morning, so he will arrive at the Curragh fresh and well for his race in the afternoon and then come home later the same day. What we didn't want was a sea crossing, as you can never be sure how that will go."

Sergei Prokofiev is set to lead the Aidan O'Brien contingent in the race, having finished a neck behind Advertise as they were second and third behind Calyx in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

Earlier in the week Meade suggested he was very confident of beating whatever emerged from Ballydoyle, a stance he appears to have softened slightly on.

He added: "Advertise's form speaks for itself and he has only progressed since Newmarket. I think we go to the Curragh with a really good chance.

"Any Group One is a big ask, and the Phoenix Stakes has been Mr O'Brien's territory for many years, which is something I don't underestimate. That's why it's so important to get Advertise there in the best possible shape."

Aidan O'Brien has won the race a remarkable 16 times, including the previous four, and Sergei Prokofiev is 2.10 to score on Sunday. Advertise meanwhile can be backed at 2.10 make the flight to Ireland a very worthwhile one.

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