Thursday 17 October 2019

'Charter' to lead Lyons' charge as Mullins targets French glory

Trainer Ger Lyons. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Ger Lyons. Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

There's no shortage of action at Naas where another duel is expected between Ger Lyons' Peace Charter and Aidan O'Brien's So Wonderful in tomorrow's Group Three Coolmore Stud Fillies' Sprint Stakes (3.50).

Peace Charter had half a length to spare over So Wonderful when landing her maiden here last month and the daughter of War Front may edge their battle once again having stayed on best over the same 6f trip on that occasion.

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The Group Three Goffs Lacken Stakes (4.25) could also prove to be a battle between Lyons and O'Brien with the Ballydoyle maestro triple-handed while Lyons relies on recent Navan winner Inverleigh.

He edged out The Irish Rover, which re-opposes, on that occasion but So Perfect looks a strong contender for O'Brien and arrives with conditions in her favour having been just touched off in a similar event at Newbury.

Leading jumps trainer Gordon Elliott goes after the Listed Sole Power Sprint Stakes (3.15) with Beckford, and the son of Bated Breath has a serious chance going on his two-year-old form having returned from a brief stint in the US.

O'Brien's Western Australia is worth taking on in today's feature at Navan - the Listed Yeats Stakes (4.05) - with Dermot Weld's Masaff the likeliest winner having just been touched off in a Group Three on his last start.

Meanwhile, Willie Mullins makes an assault on the Grade One Grande Course de Haies d'Auteuil (4.0) today as he takes five runners to France, including Punchestown Festival winner Benie Des Dieux.

Paul Townend rides with the Closutton maestro also sending Bapaume, Melon, Mr Adjudicator and Yorkhill in chase of last year's winner De Bon Coeur.

Irish Grand National winner Burrows Saint leads Mullins's charge in tomorrow's Grade One Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris (3.25) in Auteuil along with Rathvinden, Pleasant Company, Acapella Bourgeois and Total Recall.

French Made goes for Mullins in the Grade One Prix Alain Du Breil Hurdle (4.08) while Fozzy Stack sends Wargrave to Cologne for tomorrow's Group Two German 2,000 Guineas (3.40), with Jamie Spencer in the plate for the Tipp trainer.

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