Thursday 22 March 2018

Doctor Geoff can provide right medicine for Lyons double

Ger Lyons. Photo:
Ger Lyons. Photo:

Johnny Ward

With the evenings closing in, aficionados grasp dwindling opportunities to see Flat racing and Naas offers a unique chance.

The track hosts a card entirely made up of juvenile contests: a claimer, an auction race, an auction maiden, two conventional maidens and a couple of nurseries. It is unusual if intriguing.

"There was a demand via trainers for two-year-old races," said Naas' Catherine Murray. "It's a new fixture for us and we said we would try it."

Ger Lyons should profit and Doctor Geoff is napped in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden. He ran a lovely race on his only start, at Naas on soft ground. He should get a mile and his draw will help in that regard.

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Noivado can double up for Lyons in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Race. He has a massive chance on his course-and-distance second to Leo Minor; easy ground does not seem to be an issue.

Lyons provides three in the concluding Racing Again October 16th Maiden, including the reserve. On pedigree, there is a good deal to like about the Dermot Weld-trained Kryptos, a brother to a Group One winner in France.

One of the more thought-provoking contests is the nursery. Madam Bounska stays on a mark of 72, even though she finished a head behind the 107-rated favourite, the Lyons-trained Medicine Jack, in a sales race at the Curragh last time. Back in a close eighth was Gifted Lady, which finished second in a maiden since and tries the other nursery on today's card.

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Senior Flat handicapper Garry O'Gorman said: "There were lots of British horses running at the Curragh, including the winner, and you have to be really suspect about the literal form.

"Gifted Lady ran well since and it is possible that Madam Bounska is well-handicapped." It is worth taking a chance that she is, with the hood retained.

Gifted Lady has a tough task in the other handicap, the Nursery, which features a compelling renewal of rivalry between Down Royal winner Twist Of Magic and the second and third, Boom Or Bush and Future Frontier.

Boom Or Bush, far from exposed, ran on strongly. He is drawn one, Pat Smullen steers and he is 5lb better off with the winner, which may find the stiff mile too much if she runs freely again.

Take a chance on Solar Halo in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. She is promising and her yard is in form.

Irish Independent

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