Lyons' Siskin primed for Middle Park duel
Reputations and unbeaten streaks will be put on the line in tomorrow's Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket with a mouth-watering three-way duel between Earthlight, Mums Tipple and Siskin in store.
Ger Lyons' Siskin (10/3) was a smooth winner of the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on ground which was softer than ideal but conditions should be to the liking of the First Defence colt on the Rowley Mile.
Siskin has 6lbs to find with Andre Fabre's Prix Morny winner Earthlight (2/1) on ratings, while Richard Hannon's Mums Tipple (11/4) oozed class when taking the Premier Yearling Stakes at his ease last month.
Aidan O'Brien is the most successful trainer in the race's history with six victories and the Ballydoyle maestro cannot be discounted with Monarch Of Egypt (8/1) joined by Lope Y Fernandez (14/1) and King Neptune (66/1) in the nine-strong field.
English raiders were to the fore at Gowran Park yesterday as Four White Socks (14/1) ran out a convincing winner of the Group Three Fillies Stakes under Declan McDonogh, on what was her first start for Lambourn trainer Joseph Tuite.
The most impressive winner of the day was O'Brien's Mythical (9/4 joint-favourite), however, after the son of Camelot left a lasting impression on his second start when coasting home by eight lengths in the hands of the trainer's son Donnacha.
Meanwhile, today's feature prize is the Group Three Matthews.ie Diamond Stakes (7.15) at Dundalk where last year's winner Mootasadir could take some stopping for English trainer Hugo Palmer and former champion Flat jockey Colin Keane.