Siskin on target for National Stakes test

Siskin has been Awarded the green light week to Participate in a Yearlong renewal of Their Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday by ger Lyons.

Unbeaten in a Group One winner and four starts Siskin is set to meet the hugely-impressive Aidan O’Brien’s and Goodwood scorer Pinatubo Armory of Charlie Appleby.
“He’s in fantastic form and he’s being pushed by his coach with the National Stakes on Sunday week in head, even if I would be quite nervous taking on Pinatubo!” Lyons told www.irishchampionsweekend.ie.
“He was exceptionally impressive at Goodwood, but Siskin has a Group One win under his belt, so even though he’s a fantastic piece below three of these on ratings and evaluations do not lie.
“That said, he only did what he was asked to do, and I have been quite happy with him. I’d not have any problem on nice ground taking on anybody on seven furlongs and whatever beats Pinatubo will probably be champion two-year-old.”
Siskin coped with soft earth for the first time out and Lyons confessed to being surprised.
“He’s impressed me. The Phoenix was a case of no horse actually liking the floor, but everybody was telling me he’d struggle with it due to his pedigree and at the car park beforehand I was becoming worried,” explained Lyons.
“I hadn’t ever really thought about it much beforehand to be honest, but a great deal of folks were talking about the ground. He showed a wonderful attitude as well as all going well, he is trained as a Guineas horse next year.”
As for his other big hope over the weekend, Who is Steph in the Moyglare”Jewels” Blandford Stakes, Lyons would have to see lots of rain to let her take her chance.
“She is possibly my favourite horse in the lawn, but it’s rare enough she’s her earth. She isn’t quite a Group One filly andin that league, everything needs to be in her favour,” he said.
“She’d really need it soft to heavy or heavy,”

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