Auxilia justifies Lyons' faith with impressive success at Naas
Ger Lyons looks to have another nice prospect on his hands in the shape of Auxilia which romped to an facile success in the feature at Naas yesterday.
The 1/2 favourite was kicked clear in the straight by jockey Colin Keane and stretched right away in the final furlong for an easy five-length victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Median Auction Maiden. Mere Catherine was second, with Zoom Zoom Babe a further three-and-three-quarter lengths away in third.
"She's a nice filly. She ran as green as any of ours have ran all summer at Leopardstown on her first start but I loved the way she hit the line," remarked winning trainer Lyons. "I would have been very disappointed if she didn't win today's race in that fashion. She's a filly that wants a mile but is still very raw.
"She holds the big entries but as Colin says we'd like to have one more run in a winners' race. For that reason we will probably miss the Debutante and go winners and then on to something like the Moyglare."
It was a landmark afternoon for young Maddenstown apprentice Seán Byrne when riding his first winner aboard She's My Dream for John Oxx in division two of the Naas Racecourse Handicap.
The jockey had the Zebedee filly (10/1) prominent throughout in this six-furlong event, and kept on well in the closing stages to beat Zathura by a length and a half.
Meanwhile, last year's champion two-year-old Too Darn Hot has been retired after picking up a career-ending injury.
Connections of the John Gosden-trained colt announced the news yesterday, revealing the colt had undergone successful surgery at Newmarket Equine Hospital.
The injury is thought to have been sustained in his most recent Group One victory, the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood last week.
A son of Dubawi, Too Darn Hot was unbeaten in four starts as a juvenile, culminating in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.
An injury-delayed return this season came in the Dante Stakes at York, where he was second to Telecaster, before finishing second in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and third in the St James's Palace Stakes. He recaptured the winning thread at the top level with a smooth triumph in the seven-furlong Prix Jean Prat at Deauville, and followed up in style at Goodwood.
Elsewhere, Arizona and Siskin are two of the star names among 16 juveniles in the mix for Friday's Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.
Aidan O'Brien has saddled 16 of the last 21 winners of the Group One contest, and Arizona is the headline act in this year's Ballydoyle squad, on the back of his Coventry Stakes win.