Sport Horse Racing

Friday 6 December 2019

Agnes Stewart shines for Lynam in Doncaster feature

Billy Lee riding Agnes Stewart
Billy Lee riding Agnes Stewart

Eddie Lynam continued his fantastic campaign when Agnes Stewart stormed to a first Irish-trained success in the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster.

Billy Lee's mount was stepping up to a mile for a first time in the Group Two, but she relished the longer trip to stride impressively clear of the favourite Muraaqaba for a length-and-a-quarter success at odds of 11/4.

Agnes Stewart, a seventh cross-channel winner from just 11 runners for Lynam this year, was subsequently quoted as low as 12/1 by Racebets for next year's English 1,000 Guineas, though her Meath-based handler suggested that she might be more of an Oaks type. She is as big as 25/1 for the fillies' Epsom Classic.

"Last week we got a huge offer for her and I got a bit nervous, but we decided to keep her - thankfully," explained Lynam of Agnes Stewart.

"She will have one more run this season. We could supplement her for the Group One at Newmarket (Fillies' Mile), because the dopey trainer put Anthem Alexander down on the entry form instead of her by mistake. There's also the option of running in France (Prix Marcel Boussac), but I think we might go to Newmarket."

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