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Lyons' journey to the elite ranks proves that breeding counts on and off the racecourse

Eamonn Sweeney


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Ger Lyons. Photo: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Ger Lyons. Photo: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

�INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Ger Lyons. Photo: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

The situation two furlongs from the end of this year's Irish 2000 Guineas might have been expressly designed to symbolise the size of the task facing Ger Lyons in his battle to join racing's elite.

Bidding to justify his favourite status, Siskin finds himself trapped on the rails, hemmed in by a quartet of Aidan O'Brien horses while another couple of the world's greatest trainer's charges prepare to pounce on the outside.

For a moment the situation seems impossible.But only for a moment.