Lily’s bid­ding for Listed suc­cess

Irish Examiner - Racing - - RACING -

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.

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