Romanised Camp Still Considering Hong Kong

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Romanised | Scoop Dyga

G1 Irish 2000 Guineas hero Romanised (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) is still a potential candidate for the G1 Longines Hong Kong Mile at the Longines Hong Kong International Races in mid-December at Sha Tin. Although third when favoured after a slow beginning at Dundalk on Monday, the 5-year-old won the G2 Minstrel S. earlier this year and was sixth in the G1 Prix du Moulin in September. Also a winner of the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois, the Ken Condon trainee's performance has not discouraged his connections.

“I think it served its purpose–it was a prep run and he blew the start,” said Condon of the Robert Ng colourbearer. “Billy [Lee, jockey] had to get him into the race, then he was in his hands a bit. He travelled really well through the race, like we know he can, and went to win his race and just took a blow and got a bit tired. If you take him in isolation, it was an interesting exercise as he's run his race faster than anything else, if that makes sense.

“If he'd jumped away with them, it would have been a different story. Billy was particularly happy and he's the one that is the most relevant in this jigsaw.”

He added, “We'll see how he is in the next week–we don't have to commit to Hong Kong immediately. But I still think we're on course and he'll get something from the race [at Dundalk], as he'd been off the track a while.

“All things considered, it was a solid run. It's important now to see how he trains in the next week as it's a long way to go and we want to be going there with a horse in top condition. I was initially disappointed that he got beaten, but after I analysed it closely and watched the race several times and listened to everybody, I think he's run well.”

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