Lily’s bidding for Listed success
Ger Lyons is hopeful Lily’s Angel can give weight and a beating to some talented opponents in today’s Betfred Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes at Kempton.
A high-class juvenile and seventh in last year’s 1000 Guineas at Newmarket when trained by Richard Fahey, the four-year-old has done fantastically well since joining County Meath-based Lyons last autumn.
She made a winning debut for the yard in a lucrative Leopardstown handicap, went on to claim a couple of good prizes on the all-weather at Dundalk and made it four from four at the Dubai Carnival in early January.
Lily’s Angel ran creditably in defeat on her next appearance at Meydan and although she was a little disappointing on her return to Ireland in last weekend’s Gladness Stakes, Lyons is happy to turn her out again quickly.
He said: “She’s arrived at Kempton and she’s grand.
“You never know until you run them, but she seems to have come out of last week’s race well. She just didn’t handle the ground at the Curragh.
“Before that she did us proud out in Dubai. She won a valuable handicap and ran fourth in the Group Two Balanchine.
“We brought her home after that as there was nothing else for her. She’s not a Group One filly and there was no point in letting her run down the field in the UAE Derby.
“She’ll appreciate the surface at Kempton, she’s in good order and I wouldn’t be going over there if I didn’t think she had a big chance.
“The ratings don’t mean a lot with fillies as they have to turn up and do it on the day, but if the ratings are right and she does run up to her best, she should be hard to beat.
“It would be nice if she could win a stakes race at two, three and four and the aim this year is to try to win a Group Three.
“I think she’s capable of doing that if we place her right and then she can retire to the paddocks.”
GOOD START: Lily’s Angel has done fantastically since joining Ger Lyons.