Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 21 January 2018

Exogenesis shows class to continue Lyons' run

Ger Lyons
Ger Lyons

Thomas Kelly

GER Lyons continued his rich vein of form as the Meath handler took the featured two-year-old race at Leopardstown with exciting prospect Exogenesis.

Having won his maiden in impressive fashion at Fairyhouse last month, the Lyons inmate followed up with another stylish success under Gary Carroll.

Mansion House was clear entering the straight but Exogenesis (4/1) wore down the leader and moved to the front inside the final furlong, recording a length-and-a-half win over the staying-on Friendship.

Earlier, Michael Halford and Shane Foley combined to land the opening fillies' races over six furlongs with evens favourite Via Ballycroy.

Foley sent Via Ballycroy just before the furlong pole and comfortably held off Curly Wee by a length.

It was a case of lucky 13 for Jim Bolger's Teorim (11/1) as she recorded her maiden success in the 'Original Rude Boys' Handicap after 12 previous attempts had ended in failure.

The daughter of Teofilo challenged fast and late on the outside under Kevin Manning and the partnerships just managed to edge out Abbey Vale in a photo-finish.

The Coolcullen supremo later doubled up when Neophilia (5/4) recorded her second triumph in 48 hours, landing the 12-furlong handicap in the hands of Rory Cleary.

Aidan O'Brien was also in double-winning form. First up his son Joseph guided Perhaps (2/5) to a hard-earned victory in the EBF Fillies' Maiden.

The Ballydoyle maestro's daughter Ana then recorded her third win when steering the blinkered Rain God (2/1) to a three-quarter-length victory from Little Arrows in the apprentice handicap.

O'Brien, meanwhile, has indicated that Battle Of Marengo is to go on a retrieval mission in France tomorrow week when he will line up in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp.

The colt finished fourth behind stablemate Ruler Of The World in the Epsom Derby and could finish only second when dropped to Group Two company for the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

However, O'Brien will give the son of Galileo another try at the highest level in Paris.

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