Friday 26 December 2014

Lyons' Unrequited simply has too much quality for his rivals

Published 05/07/2014 | 02:30

Trainer Ger Lyons could see Unrequited take the Wood Financial Services Maiden at Bellewstown today. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Trainer Ger Lyons could see Unrequited take the Wood Financial Services Maiden at Bellewstown today. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Unrequited can justify the nap vote on the middle part of Bellewstown's three-day July Festival for the all-conquering Ger Lyons-Colin Keane axis today.

The home-bred three-year-old must take on its elders in the Woods Financial Services Maiden over 12 furlongs, but he appeals as simply having too much quality for 15 inferior rivals.

Far from disgraced when eighth in the hot maiden that was won by Ebanoran at the Curragh in the autumn, the son of Authorized was an honest third when stepped up to this trip on his Leopardstown return.

It wasn't the hottest maiden that will be run at the Foxrock venue this year, but it certainly confirmed Unrequited's potential to win a similar race. This Hill of Crockafatha event is arguably a poorer standard affair, so he ought to take a bit of stopping.

Lyons and Keane could also take the featured Western Motors Commercial Vehicles Handicap with Body Beautiful, a promising filly that didn't stay over six furlongs in a Leopardstown Group Three.

She drops back to five here for her handicap bow, and doesn't look too badly treated off a first-time mark of 78.

The consistent Chiclet is a threat, with the hat-trick-seeking Prince Connoisseur also feared. John Feane's unbeaten gelding is 10lbs higher than when seeing off Chiclet in style at Tipperary, but this is sure to be a more thorough test off his revised rating.

The previous Tierney Kitchens Handicap over the same blitzkrieg trip is wide open, but Rhians Hope might be one with scope to do better than she has managed before.

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Kieran Cotter's four-year-old didn't show much in her first three starts, but she displayed plenty of early pace when blinkers were applied over seven at Cork last month, tiring into fourth late on behind Apache Gold. Over the minimum trip now, Rhians Hope ought to be thereabouts under the in-form Leigh Roche.

The juvenile maiden is over the same five-furlong distance, and Well Done Me is the one to keep on side in that for Brian Nolan and Chris Hayes.

Irish Independent

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