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Ken Condon is hopeful of future Success Days

By Richard Forristal

Published 11/05/2015

Glory Days: Success Days on way to victory at Leopardstown
Glory Days: Success Days on way to victory at Leopardstown

Success Days could be supplemented for the Investec Derby at Epsom after he once again relished the testing conditions to claim an emphatic win in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown.

Surprise winner of the Ballysax Stakes four weeks earlier, flooring the well-touted John F Kennedy in the process, Ken Condon's admirable grey got his own way in front.

The 8/13 favourite never looked like being caught after he took several lengths from his three rivals on the turn for home and Shane Foley rode him out as he pulled 10 lengths clear of Summaya in second. The Group Three heat lost some of its gloss when Aidan O'Brien's intended runner Order Of St George was a late withdrawal.

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby remains the big target for Success Days, but he could be supplemented if the ground is soft at Epsom.

"I've always said he's an undemonstrative colt but he's improving away quickly," Condon said. "He's very relaxed and has the temperament to keep improving. He obviously needs to, but he keeps delivering.

"The Irish Derby is on the agenda. We'll see how the Dante works out and, if it came up soft, we would have to give serious consideration to supplementing him for Epsom. If it doesn't I'd be happy to sit and wait for the Irish Derby."

There was a second victory for Foley when top-weight Lean And Keen displayed plenty of guts to take the John R Fitzpatrick Agricultural Contractor Handicap by half a length from strong-finishing favourite Beau Satchel.

The Sean Byrne-trained 5/1 shot looked ready to slip back through the field in the closing stages, but instead rallied to catch Bobby Jean and then held on as the post arrived.

Kissed By Angels, meanwhile, put her case for a Classic bid with success in the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial.

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