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Jessica Harrington hopes Cadillac is 'as good as he looked' last time out. Photo: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

Jessica Harrington hopes Cadillac is 'as good as he looked' last time out. Photo: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

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Jessica Harrington hopes Cadillac is 'as good as he looked' last time out. Photo: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

Jessica Harrington is excited to see what Cadillac can do in the Japan Racing Association Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown.

The Lope De Vega colt went off favourite for his racecourse introduction over the same course and distance he tackles again at the start of July - and that apparent confidence was justified in some style as he came home with nine lengths in hand.

Cadillac tests the water at Group Three level today - and Harrington is looking forward to the challenge.

She said: "We've been happy with him since the last day, so let's hope he's as good as he looked. He seems in good form. We've had an awful wet morning here, so the ground might end up turning soft, but I don't think that will bother him - I think he'd be fine on any ground."

Aidan O'Brien has dominated the Tyros Stakes over the past couple of decades - saddling the last six winners and 13 overall, with King Of Kings (1997), Rip Van Winkle (2008), Gleneagles (2014), Churchill (2016) and Anthony Van Dyck (2018) among those on the roll of honour.

Military Style, Swiss Ace and Van Gogh are the trainer's three bullets this time around, while his eldest son Joseph saddles State Of Rest and Vafortino and his second son Donnacha runs Southern Cape.

Just a head split the Ger Lyons-trained Masen and John Murphy's Charterhouse when the pair finished first and second over the course and distance three and a half weeks ago - and the pair renew rivalry. Masen carries the colours of Khalid Abdullah, whose racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said: "He is going in at the deep end a little bit, but I think they all are. Ger is pleased with him."

Meanwhile, connections of Siskin have yet to firm up plans for his next appearance after the Lyons-trained colt suffered a first career defeat at Goodwood last week.

The Irish 2,000 Guineas hero was the clear favourite to claim his sixth win from as many starts in a vintage renewal of the Sussex Stakes, but had to make do with minor honours in third behind Mohaather.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned son of First Defence is reported to be none the worse for his exertions and has a range of options open to him. Grimthorpe said: "He's come out of the race well. I've got to discuss with Prince Khalid what he would like to do. We'll look at all the options, which are pretty straightforward really."

Grimthorpe also provided a positive update on Enable following her historic third victory in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot.

John Gosden's brilliant mare is expected to run in either the Juddmonte International or the Yorkshire Oaks at York en route to her bid for a third triumph in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October.

"All is good with Enable. She hasn't done a lot since Ascot, but she came out of the race well and everybody is happy with her," Grimthorpe added.

Irish Independent