Talking Horses: Phoenix Of Spain can rise to the occasion at Doncaster

The Charlie Hills-trained colt can thwart Aidan O’Brien’s bid for a ninth success in the race now called the Vertem Futurity

Aidan O’Brien seeks a ninth success at Doncaster in the race now known as the Vertem Futurity but certain to be referred to as the Racing Post Trophy for some years yet. He has a fine chance with the well-backed, classy colt Magna Grecia, beaten by only a French raider at Newmarket recently, but Charlie Hills may have an even better prospect.

Phoenix Of Spain (4.05) ran an excellent race to be second in the Champagne Stakes last time out and the winner has since followed up in the Dewhurst Stakes. No other horse has got as close to Too Darn Hot as this grey did at Doncaster a month ago and he may pay tribute to his conqueror by taking this prize back at the same track.

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