RACING: Hannon's Kompany set for Curragh

Richard Hannon

Richard Hannon

First published in Sport

RICHARD Hannon's prolific juvenile Kool Kompany is set to be supplemented for Sunday's Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.

The Jeremy colt, trained by Everleigh and Herridge handler Hannon, has won five times from six starts during his debut season, with his only defeat coming when failing to fire in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He has since proved that running all wrong with victories in the Railway Stakes at the Curragh and the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte, and connections are keen to test the water at Group One level in Ireland this weekend.

Tim Palin, racing manager for owners Middleham Park Racing, said: "He is entered in the Prix Morny, but as usual the Hannon team have a lot of good two-year-olds to juggle with the likes of Ivawood, Tiggy Wiggy and Estidhkaar also in the mix along with Kool Kompany.

"Richard Hannon will ring me in the morning with a gallops report, but assuming all is well with Kool Kompany and he's thriving, the plan is to supplement him for the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

"We could go for the Gimcrack or the Mill Reef with a Group Two penalty, or we could chase the money down the sales race route, but we think he deserves his shot at Group One level.

"I think it costs 20,000 euro to supplement, so if we do supplement him he's going to run and if he finishes third we'll pretty much get our money back.

"Group Ones are only going to get more difficult as the season progresses, so we think now is the right time to have a go and he can always go back down to a Group Two or go for a sales race if he's not up to it."

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