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Exciting days ahead for Condon

Success Days is set to challenge for Classic honours as he once again relished the testing conditions with an emphatic victory in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown.

Surprise winner of the Ballysax Stakes over the course and distance four weeks earlier, Ken Condon's admirable grey landed the odds this time after the late withdrawal of Aidan O'Brien's Order Of St George.

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh, for which he would have to be added to the entries, remains the big target.

However, Condon admits he would also have to consider supplementing Success Days for the Investec Derby if the ground was soft at Epsom.

He is certainly a smart colt given his conditions. Getting his own way in front, Success Days (8-13 favourite) never looked like being caught after he took several lengths from his three rivals on the turn for home.

He went further ahead under Shane Foley and pulled 10 lengths clear of Summaya.

Condon said: "I've always said he's an undemonstrative colt but he's improving away quickly.

"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 hold on as the post arrived.

Byrne said: "He handles the ground, but with that weight I'd say he wants better ground. It was a good, honest performance. He'll mix it between the Flat and hurdles."


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