Monday 24 October 2016

Lyons' Naas treble just what 'doctor' ordered

Published 22/09/2016 | 02:30

Jockey Colin Keane. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Jockey Colin Keane. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ger Lyons had runners in three of Naas' seven races yesterday and won all three, recording a treble that came in at slightly better than 20/1, though it would have paid much better with early prices.

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Lyons' horses generally tend to prefer decent summer ground but the soft conditions were no hindrance to this trio which all started favourite - Noivado (11/8), Doctor Geoff (11/8) and Territory (11/4).

Noivado made virtually all in the auction race, Doctor Geoff raced lazily but routed his foes in a maiden and Territory, a newcomer, created a favourable impression by stretching almost three lengths clear of runner-up Saltonstall in the last.

Colin Keane did the steering on all three and Lyons observed: "It's been a good day's work and we'll take that. I ran two nice horses in the last and they ran well to finish first and fourth.

"I'm delighted. It's seldom that happens so what's seldom is wonderful."

The Dunsany, Co Meath trainer did, however, rule Psychedelic Funk out of Saturday's Group One Middle Park .

"He has a fracture to his off-hind pastern and has gone to the veterinary hospital in Fethard," explained Lyons, who might still be represented in the six-furlong contest by Medicine Jack.

The nursery over a mile went the way of Tommy Stack's Olympic Legend (10/1), which showed admirable battling qualities to hold off the fast-finishing Duck Egg Blue by a head in the hands of Wayne Lordan.

Aidan O'Brien combined with son Donnacha to land the five-furlong maiden with Courage Under Fire, which justified 9/10 favouritism to edge out Porto Ferro by half a length.

Seamus Heffernan - who suffered concussion when unseated from Idaho in the Doncaster St Leger - returned from his lay-off with a winner when partnering the Denis Hogan-trained Grecian Divine (9/2) to a short-head victory from Sammyjade in the five-furlong nursery.

Irish Independent

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