Hughes Looking for a Strong Suit at The Curragh

The Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday has jockey Richard Hughes looking forward to another ride on Strong Suit.

Curragh Racecourse

Curragh Racecourse

Having ridden the Richard Hannon charge for the horse's two other events, a maiden at Newbury and the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, Hughes is extremely hopeful on his chances in Ireland.

"I couldn't be happier with him. He is in great form and if he runs his race, then he has an excellent chance," said Hughes.

"Out of the juveniles this year I would have to rate this one as the best. Obviously there are the likes of King Torus and Libranno but this one is a bit special.

"Canford Cliffs is a bit different again. Its hard to compare the two as this horse is much bigger so it's hard to know how much is to come.

"We will see how he is after this. As I said he is a big horse so there could be plenty more to come, we might get him out again this year if all goes well."

The Irish challenge will be headed by Dunboyne Express, trained by Kevin Prendergast, who is also undefeated in two starts.

"He's in good shape and we're looking for a big run from him," said Prendergast.

"This has been the plan since the Anglesey and he couldn't have done any more than he did that day.

"He won by eight lengths and had the horse that was fourth in the Coventry in second.

"He's entitled to take his chance and maybe outside Richard Hannon's horse, his form says he has the beating of the rest of them.

"At the moment I would put the ground down as good to yielding. We're due a bit more rain but I don't think it will be any worse than good come Sunday.

"That would be ideal for our horse. Genuine good ground would be grand for him."

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