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Ger Lyons' Ainippe fancied to claim Doncaster dash


Trainer Ger Lyons

Trainer Ger Lyons


Trainer Ger Lyons

Ger Lyons and Eddie Lynam unleash smart juveniles Ainippe and Agnes Stewart on Doncaster today

Lyons' Ainippe contests the Flying Childers Stakes, a five-furlong Group Two with a £40,000 win prize. Jamie Spencer has favoured David Brown's fellow Qatar-owned Mind Of Madness, but Ainippe looked the part in winning both of her track starts to date.

In a Listed race at the Curragh last month, she disposed of The Great War with real style, surging clear with a late turn of pace. She strikes as a cracking spare for Spencer's successor-in-waiting Andrea Atzeni to pick up, and it's also worth noting that Lyons isn't one for crossing the water on a whim.

A similar comment applies to Lynam, his Co Meath neighbour. Lynam's team has been in sensational form, and Agnes Stewart is fancied to further enhance her worth under Billy Lee in the Group Two May Hill Stakes.

Acquired for a modest €23,000 in October, the Lawman filly was a ready winner on her Fairyhouse debut, before finishing a commendable second to Jack Naylor in a Leopardstown Group Three. Jack Naylor and the fourth Raydara have since won again in Pattern company, while the third, Qualify, broke her maiden at Dundalk.

That augurs well, as does that Agnes Stewart is bred to get further, given that she is stepping up from seven furlongs to a mile. Mark Johnston's Sweet Solera Stakes winner Muraaqaba is probably the main danger.

Tommy Stack's Accepted could struggle in the opener and Sabrina Harty's Kalann also looks up against it in the Doncaster Cup. The recent Curragh handicap victor is taking a major step up in class for the Group Two. Of his 11 rivals, Ed Dunlop's Times Up is hard to ignore under William Buick.

A couple of lengths behind the re-opposing Estimate when third to Pale Mimosa at York last time, Times Up is going for his third win in a row in this. He clearly relishes the two-and-a-quarter-mile test, so it is worth speculating that a return to Town Moor will reinvigorate him once again.

Meanwhile, Denis Cullen plundered yesterday's claimer at Clonmel with 20/1 shot Table Forty Six. Scoring for a third time under the apprentice since being bought by his father Denis two years ago, the eight-year-old poached an early lead and held on gamely to deny Gun Shoot.

Dermot Weld's Nidhaam then also justified 5/4 favouritism from the front under Pat Smullen over the same 10-furlong trip, taking the champion jockey-elect 25 winners clear of the reigning title-holder Joseph O'Brien.

Later, Noel Dooly's Coolfighter (5/2) completed a fantastic treble for its new owners, having only been claimed after scoring at Tramore a month ago. Acquired for just €10,000, the six-year-old took his earnings since then to over €20,000 with an authoritative verdict here for Seamie Heffernan.

In the maiden hurdle, Johnny Burke made it two wins from two rides for Henry de Bromhead since replacing Andrew Lynch as Alan Potts' retained rider when getting the 6/4 favourite Saltmills Blackie home.

Irish Independent