Friday 24 November 2017

Bear a necessity at Naas

Jockey Andrea Atzeni
Jockey Andrea Atzeni

Andrea Atzeni, at Naas principally to ride Stroll Patrol in the feature, will also team up with Bear Cheek in the opening Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden.

A revealing heat could be in prospect here with five of the 12 runners debuting in this sprint, and the Qatar Racing-owned, and Ger Lyons-trained, Bear Cheek, is amongst that quintet.

Bear Cheek is certainly by one of the 'right' sires, in Kodiac, and even though the juvenile has not competed in a race yet, racegoers are right to expect a big run.

That realisation comes about when one considers that David Redvers signed for her at a price of 125,000 euro at the Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sales in May.

The Qatar Racing team have picked up some smart recruits at this sale, with their graduates from last year including the listed-winning filly Terror (also by Kodiac).

Bear Cheek, a relation to the smart Aspectoflove, produced the second fastest breeze of the sale.

The breezes at Gowran Park racecourse were shown this year live on At The Races, and Bear Cheek fetched a price that put her amongst the top four lots on a day when over 200 horses were offered for sale.

It will be interesting to see how Bear Cheek moves in the market now, against form horses such as Al Mutawakkil and Aspar.

Stable jockey Colin Keane is on the majority of the other Lyons runners through the evening, and they start off with Trust Your Opinion in the ISS HR Services Handicap.

Punters have a field of 20 to contend with here, but Trust Your Opinion, having just her second start for Lyons, has a definite chance on her second placing at Navan last time.

Meanwhile, Lyons and Keane need consideration, too, with Ningxai (8.35) and Cape Wolfe (9.00).

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