Sunday 21 January 2018

Lyons set to maintain Unique record

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

DUNDALK specialist Ger Lyons has another busy day at the Co Louth facility tomorrow and should come away with at least a winner or two once again.

In the LMFM Raceday Handicap, the Meath handler steps Unique Style up to two miles for the first time. There are a number of more established campaigners than Johnny Murtagh's three-year-old mount among the 13 other contenders in this, but many of those are also more exposed.

While Unique Style has been busy this term, he has continued to progress, finishing second on three of his last four starts. Granted, he was well held in fourth at Wexford last time, but slow ground probably counted against him on that occasion.

Having already proved his stamina over a mile and five furlongs, then, he can further improve now that he tackles this trip on a more even surface.

Of the remainder, the in-form Binocular holds some appeal on his all-weather debut for Pat Flynn.

Lyons is also fancied to take the two-year-old conditions race with Pitlochry. The penalty-carrying Whip Rule has some smart form, as do the maidens Van Rooney, Canaille and East Meets West.

However, Pitlochry, successful at Naas first time up, is a winner without a penalty here, and he split the useful pair French Emperor and Naseem Sea when runner-up at the Kildare track last month. The Chineur gelding can again go close in this company.

In the one-mile maiden, Dreams And Desires' most recent effort, when third to Puttore at The Curragh, gives her strong claims for Andy Oliver and Fran Berry, while Berry might also collect on Jessica Harrington's Backbench Blues in the juvenile maiden. On its debut at Down Royal, the Big Bad Bob gelding was an encouraging second over tomorrow's seven-furlong trip.

Irish Independent

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