Lyons says Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Siskin needs to improve against ‘scary’ rivals in Sussex Stakes
Ger Lyons Says Irish 2,000 Guineas Winner Siskin Should Improve Against ‘Scary’ Sussex Stakes Rivals
Trainer Ger Lyons says the prospect of his Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Siskin who is queuing for the Sussex Stakes on Wednesday is ‘scary’ given the strength of the opposition.
Lyons, who also landed the Irish Oaks with Even So last Saturday, also identified Marcus Tregoning-trained Ascot Summer Mile winner Mohaather as the rival he fears the most.
The Group One award will be one of the races of the season, let alone the Qatar Glorious Goodwood festival with opposition, including Queen Anne Stakes winner Circus Maximus, English 2,000 Guineas winner Kameko and possibly French raider Earthlight, winner of the Middle Park Stakes 2019.
Siskin will only have its second race of the season because Covid-19 rules
Lyon said, “It’s scary to say the least. The one that stands out for me in the race is Mohaather. He was unlucky at Royal Ascot and I was very impressed with him when he won last time.
“The shape of the Irish Guineas has been torn by experts and we need to improve on shape figures to even get close to these horses.”
Siskin will only have its second race of the season because Covid-19 regulations and the disrupted Lyons program prevented the Khaled Abdullah foal from running in the English 2,000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Stable jockey Colin Keane rides on Siskin, even if it means that he will have a 14-day quarantine on his return to Ireland.