Friday 24 November 2017

Lyons considering Obliterator plan

Obliterator, right, could run at Leopardstown on Sunday
Obliterator, right, could run at Leopardstown on Sunday

Ger Lyons will wait until later in the week before deciding whether to let exciting colt Obliterator make his seasonal return in Sunday's Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial.

As a half-brother to Just The Judge, runner-up in last year's 1000 Guineas before claiming Classic glory in the Curragh equivalent, the Qatar Racing-owned Obliterator is bred to be smart and made an impressive debut at the Curragh last September.

Lyons is eyeing up a tilt at the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 3 with his son of Oratorio and will only run him beforehand if conditions are suitable.

Lyons said: "He wouldn't run if the ground was very soft and we're just having a look at the race on Sunday at this stage.

"Leopardstown is a funny track as even if the ground is soft everywhere else, sometimes it doesn't get too bad there, so we'll play it by ear.

"There aren't many options for him.

"The Guineas at Newmarket is the plan. Whether he is good enough or not, only time will tell, but we like what we see from him.

"He's in a good place at the moment and exactly where we want him to be.

"He's ready to go away, but if we don't get a run in him between now and the Guineas it wouldn't be the end of the world, as he won first time out.

"We have a nice bunch of horses this year and some nice unraced three-year-olds, but he would probably be our main hope for the season at this stage."

Obliterator is one of 14 entries for Sunday's Listed contest, with Aidan O'Brien responsible for Adelaide, Buonarroti and Indian Maharaja.

Paul Deegan has both Prince Of All and Shining Emerald in contention, while the only British-trained entry is Mark Johnston's Bow Creek.

Other contenders include David Wachman's Quadrivium and the John Oxx-trained Ebanoran.

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