Martyn Meade aims Advertise at the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes tomorrow
Frankie Dettori will take the mount as he did at Newmarket, the horse’s sole win in 3 starts. The form of Advertise’s 2nd at Royal Ascot in the Coventry when only a length behind Calyx is thought to be the best on offer for this crop of 2 year olds.
This will be seen as a chance to land his first Group One he’s ran in and his jockey is confident, “He’s been in really good form and came out of it (Newmarket) terribly well.’’
“We’ve always targeted the Phoenix on the basis that was the next race he was going to have. It’s all worked out and hopefully he can continue his winning ways.
“Any Group One is hugely tough, so I don’t underestimate the task at all, but I think he’s got every right to be there on his past form.’’
“Obviously Mr O’Brien has got those four horses. I don’t know much about them apart from Sergei Prokofiev, whom we beat at Ascot. We’ve had a bit more experience with his race at Newmarket.’’
“I just hope we can hold him. That will be our main challenge, but Mrs (Jessica) Harrington’s got one there too.’’
“There are only six runners, but you never know. We’re certainly going there hopeful.”
Sergei Prokofiev hasn’t been seen since the Coventry, however O’Brien is hopeful of his chances as his team return to full health after a relatively quiet spell when rumours of a bug in the stable seemed to be of substance.
He said: “Sergei Prokofiev is well and is ready to start back again. I’m happy with him and looking forward to seeing Sergei again. He had a great run in Ascot and he’s a very fast horse, we always thought a lot of him.”
Not to forget there is the Harrington-trained Indigo Balance, who was well beaten in the Coventry after landing a Curragh maiden on his debut. There are high expectations the horse will put the Ascot run behind him and take a big step forward.