Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 25 February 2018

Lyons to get Obliterator in Ascot mood

Obliterator will race at Leopardstown before running at Royal Ascot
Obliterator will race at Leopardstown before running at Royal Ascot

Thomas Kelly

Obliterator is set to tackle a Listed event at Leopardstown tomorrow before running at Royal Ascot.

The Oratorio colt showed up well in the Feilden Stakes at Newmarket on his seasonal return back in April but disappointed when last in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh last month.

The testing ground was against him on that occasion and trainer Ger Lyons is keen to get another run in before heading to next week's feature meeting.

"If the ground is right, Obliterator will run in the Glencairn Stakes and then he will go to Royal Ascot as he is a stuffy horse," confirmed the trainer.

Lyons is putting together a strong squad for next week's big meeting, where he last tasted success in 2007 when Elletelle won the Queen Mary.

Unbeaten juvenile Cappella Sansevero will head up the team with older handicappers offering good support.

Lyons said: "I'm leaning towards the Coventry Stakes with Cappella Sansevero. Third Dimension could go for the Britannia, while Fog Of War will probably go for a handicap. Machete Mark will go for the Buckingham Palace or the Hunt Cup.

"If we come out with a winner at Royal Ascot we will be delighted as it is our Olympics. The horses are fit and well and long may it continue."

Meanwhile, the Emirates Racing Authority has requested written reasons and a transcript of Pat Cosgrave's appeal hearing after the jockey was successful in his application to the British Horseracing Authority to not reciprocate the four-month ban he incurred in Dubai.

Cosgrave (32) was initially handed a six-month suspension by the ERA following his performance on the Mike de Kock-trained Anaerobio at Meydan in March.

The rider was found to have moved his mount off the rail in the straight to allow stablemate Vercingetorix through on the inside to win the Group One Jebel Hatta, with Anaerobio eventually third.

Cosgrave's ban was reduced to four months following an appeal to the ERA in May.

Last October, the BHA also refused to reciprocate a 56-day riding ban given to Martin Dwyer by the Royal Western India Turf.

Irish Independent

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