Sunday 18 February 2018

Lily's Angel can maintain perfect record for Lyons

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

GER LYONS' recent impressive course winner Lily's Angel is napped to get Dundalk's winter season under way on a busy all-weather card this evening.

If tonight's programme is anything to go by, the Co Louth venue will continue to be in great demand throughout the coming months, with each of the eight races full to capacity.

The Listed race that Lily's Angel contests is the only one that doesn't also number three reserves, as a total of over 100 horses were denied a run in the ballot.

Having landed the September Handicap at Leopardstown on her debut for Lyons, Lily's Angel hinted that she might fulfil the promise that she had shown during her previous tenure with Richard Fahey.

She duly followed up under Gary Carroll in excellent style in a conditions race here over this mile trip last month.

On the basis of those victories, the Dark Angel three-year-old's rating of 102 is deserved. British raiders Libys Dream, Night Lily and Colourful Notion are among those closest to her on figures, while it will be interesting to see how Alsium fares.

When landing a Curragh maiden in June, Paul Deegan's filly denied the subsequent three-time scorer Cape Of Approval, and she still has scope to build on that. In the preceding handicap, Eljowzah, another British import, is fancied for Aidan Howard.

The four-year-old Acclamation filly showed potential on her first two starts in this country at Gowran Park in September, latterly finishing third to Core Element.

That was a solid effort, and she appeals now off a 1lb lower mark under Leigh Roche.

Ronan Whelan, crowned champion apprentice on Sunday, has a decent book of rides and might depart with a brace. In the juvenile mile maiden, he rides Miller Beach for Paul Hickey, a colt that caught the eye when third at Gowran in September.

He also gets the nod on Heavy Weight for his boss Jim Bolger in the last. The Teofilo colt landed a decent handicap here at the end of September, and the 5lb penalty he received for that is largely negated by Whelan's 3lb claim.

Irish Independent

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