Lyons: Keane title odds unrealistic
Colin Keane has his weighing-room buddies trailing in the title race but his boss Ger Lyons has questioned how short bookmakers have made the Meathman to win his first crown.
Keane was eight clear of Pat Smullen going into Leopardstown last night, though Smullen edged closer by recording a double for the back-in-form Dermot Weld. A son of trainer Gerry Keane, he has had a terrific campaign, thanks in the main to his boss Lyons.
Paddy Power cut Donnacha O'Brien from 10/1 into 6/1 yesterday, for all that he is 15 behind the leader after Nelson scored last evening for his dad Aidan.
Keane has traded as short as 4/11 to take the Flat riders' title but Lyons said: "People are being very premature.
"While we are delighted to be in this position, it's a long way from home and he's at least third place regarding fire-power!
"If we are in the same position on Irish Champions Weekend (September 9), I would be surprised - and very happy - but he is still odds-against, never mind odds-on, at this stage."
John Oxx, who was among the winners at Gowran on Wednesday evening, is characteristically not rushing the five juveniles sent to him by Godolphin. "They are about three months off a run," he says.
Before all of that, Irish racegoers could be treated to a pulsating clash between the brilliant stayer Order Of St George and Renetti in Saturday's Comer Group International Irish St Leger Trial Stakes at the Curragh.
Aidan O'Brien is planning to run the 2016 Gold Cup hero Order Of St George, who was turned over by the Willie Mullins-trained Wicklow Brave when 1/6 for last year's Irish Leger. "Renneti will likely go there rather than France on Sunday," Mullins said of the easy Galway Festival winner.
O'Brien has also dangled a fascinating clash between his brilliant pair Churchill and Cliffs Of Moher in Wednesday's Juddmonte International Stakes at York. "It is possible they will both run," he said last evening.
Irish Derby one-two Capri and Cracksman could renew rivalries in the Betway Great Voltigeur Stakes on the same day. They are among 17 remaining possibles for the traditional St Leger trial.
However, while Capri heads the ante-post market for the season's final Classic at Doncaster next month, Cracksman is not even entered, with John Gosden already having one eye on next year.
Mullins has more news on his jumpers, expressing delight at the well-being of the brilliant Min, which missed out on an Arkle clash with Altior in March due to injury.
"Min is in great order and has come back much stronger than he has ever been," Mullins said. "He will start off in autumn at two-mile senior chasing."
However, Killultagh Vic - which was one of the best novice chasers around in 2015/2016, memorably winning despite a shocking mistake at the last under Ruby Walsh at Leopardstown - has left the Mullins barn. He suffered a severe injury and has not run since.
The trainer said: "He has returned to Colin McBratney and he was with Colin before we got him. He's riding out back where he started, Colin is taking it day by day with him. We'll see what happens."