Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 23 November 2017

Lyons in Lightening raid

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

GER LYONS' recent Curragh winner, Lightening Pearl, is the only Irish-based declaration for tomorrow's Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket, having been supplemented for the race earlier in the week at a cost of £15,000.

A ready five-length victor of the Group Three Go And Go Round Tower Stakes, Johnny Murtagh's mount is a best-priced 7/2 second favourite for the nine-runner Group One. Royal Ascot winner Best Terms is the 5/4 outright market leader.

Alanza, supplemented at a similar cost by John Oxx for the Sun Chariot Stakes, is among the final declarations for that one-mile Group One, with Murtagh also booked to continue his association with a filly that impressed many when obliging for a third time on the spin at Doncaster two weeks ago.

Aidan O'Brien will rely on the Matron Stakes runner-up Together in the Sun Chariot, while he has three in the Royal Lodge.

Daddy Long Legs (Colm O'Donoghue), Tenth Star (William Buick) and Wrote (Jamie Spencer) all take their chance in a Group Two that was won so easily by Frankel in 2010. In the Cambridgeshire, Tony Martin will saddle Pires.

A full field of 35 has been declared for the prestigious handicap, with Pires, which can be backed at up to 40/1, set to carry 8st 10lb under John Egan.

Today, the sole Irish runner is Devotion, a 20/1 chance for Ballydoyle in the Fillies' Mile.

While Zip Top's third in the Somerville Stakes for Jim Bolger was the best any of the travelling contingent managed at Newmarket yesterday, Gordon Elliott enjoyed better luck at Perth.

On its last fixture of 2011, the Co Meath handler saddled his 21st winner of the season at the Scottish venue when Manger Hanagment (10/11) sluiced up for a fourth successive time under Tony McCoy in the novice hurdle.

Meanwhile, Noel Meade has cautioned that Donnas Palm may not run in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket on October 8.

The grey is a 16/1 shot for that with the sponsors Betfred, but Meade stated yesterday that "no definite decision has been made yet" in relation to the horse's first run of the campaign.

Irish Independent

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