Royal Ascot 2018: Ken Condon seeks coup in St James’s Palace Stakes

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• Irish trainer’s Romanised challenges the top stables on first day
• Condon fears Frankie Dettori’s mount Without Parole

If one were to imagine a sporting version of a socialist paradise, it would not look much like Royal Ascot and there is no surprise each year when the major races at the Queen’s track are won by enormously wealthy owners, working with big-name trainers. But Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes really might redistribute a chunk of prize money from those who have to those who need and Ken Condon, a much-liked but low-profile trainer, is hoping to be among those to benefit.

Only those who follow racing quite closely are likely to be familiar with Condon’s work. His is not one of those behemoth operations which start each year with more than 200 horses and end up with some good ones by sheer weight of numbers. Only 30 heads poke out into his yard at Ridge Manor Stables and there is no room for more.

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Written by Chris Cook
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/17/royal-ascot-2018-ken-condon-st-james-palace-romanised-without-parole-frankie-dettori under the title “Royal Ascot 2018: Ken Condon seeks coup in St James’s Palace Stakes”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.