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Happy Days ready for Irish Champion encounter

Trainer Ken Condon believes Success Days can find the necessary improvement to make his presence felt in the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday week.

The four-year-old emerged as a major contender for the Investec Derby after landing the Ballysax Stakes and the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial in the spring of last year, but suffered injury at Epsom and subsequently disappointed in Germany.

Three placed efforts after his return to action this season suggested his career was back on track and he hit the bullseye when seeing off Fascinating Rock in the Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh.

Condon said: "He came out of the run particularly well. He's tightened up and lost a few kilos, which he needed to.

"He's moving well and when he's like that we're very happy.

"It's been well documented he suffered a fracture last year at Epsom and for quite a while after we didn't know if he'd even return to the races.

"To see him come through the spring on good terms with himself, running well in defeat, and then to get the win on his first run after a break was hugely satisfying. Everyone was delighted."

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