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Advertise confirmed for the Curragh after Meade organises a plane

Martyn Meade has confirmed that July Stakes winner Advertise will run in Sunday's Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh, rather than wait a week for Deauville's Prix Morny, and that Frankie Dettori will ride again.

Advertise, photo Liesl King

While Meade has always maintained that the stiffer six furlongs at the Curragh would suit the Phoenix Thoroughbreds-owned Advertise better, he was swayed towards Deauville on learning that there was no plane available to fly the colt in and out of Ireland the same day.

However, the Newmarket trainer has found a solution to that problem, and so it's all systems go once again.

Meade said: "The Phoenix is the plan again. Anything can happen, but we are working on that basis and Frankie can ride.

"We've organised a flight for him from Farnborough to Dublin on Sunday morning, so he will arrive at the Curragh fresh and well for his race in the afternoon and then come home later the same day. What we didn't want was a sea crossing, as you can never be sure how that will go."

Meade, who will be bidding to deny Aidan O'Brien a remarkable 17th success in the Phoenix, is full of optimism for the race.

He added: "Advertise's form speaks for itself and he has only progressed since Newmarket. I think we go to the Curragh with a really good chance.

"Any Group 1 is a big ask, and the Phoenix Stakes has been Mr O'Brien's territory for many years, which is something I don't underestimate. That's why it's so important to get Advertise there in the best possible shape."

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