20/10/2019

Siskin on target for National Stakes test


Ger Lyons has given Siskin the green light to take part in a renewal of Their Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

Unbeaten in four starts and a Group One winner , Siskin is set to fulfill the hugely-impressive Aidan O’Brien’s and Goodwood scorer Pinatubo Armory of Charlie Appleby.
“He is in great shape and he’s being driven by his trainer with the National Stakes on Sunday week at mind, even though I would be quite worried shooting on Pinatubo!” Lyons told www.irishchampionsweekend.ie.
“He was exceptionally impressive at Goodwood, however Siskin includes a Group One win under his belt, even though he is a good piece below three of these on ratings and evaluations don’t lie.
“That said, he only did what he was asked to do, and I’ve been quite happy with him. I’d not have any difficulty on fine ground taking on anybody over seven furlongs and whatever beats Pinatubo will probably be champion two-year-old.”
Siskin dealt last time out and Lyons admitted to being pleasantly surprised.
“He has impressed me. The Phoenix was a case of no horse really liking the floor, but everybody was telling me he’d struggle with it due to his own pedigree and at the car park ahead I was becoming worried,” explained Lyons.
“I had never really thought about it much beforehand to be fair, but a great deal of folks were talking about the floor. He showed a terrific attitude as well as all going well, he’s trained as a Guineas horse next season.”
As for his other huge hope over the weekend,” Who is Steph at the Moyglare”Jewels” Blandford Stakes, Lyons would have to see loads of rain to let her take her opportunity.
“She’s possibly my favourite horse in the yard, but it’s rare enough she gets her earth. She isn’t quite a Group One filly andin that league, everything needs to be in her favor,” he said.
“She’d actually need it soft to heavy or heavy,”

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