Ger Lyons says Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Siskin must improve against ‘scary’ rivals in the Sussex Stakes
Trainer Ger Lyons says the prospect of his Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Siskin lining up as favourite for the Sussex Stakes next Wednesday is ‘scary’ given the strength of the opposition.
Lyons, who also landed last Saturday’s Irish Oaks with Even So, also identified Marcus Tregoning-trained Ascot Summer Mile winner Mohaather as the rival he fears most.
The Group One prize is set to 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 2019 Middle Park Stakes.
Siskin will be having only his second race of the season because Covid-19 regulations
Lyons said: ‘It’s scary to say the least. The one that stands out in the race to me is Mohaather. He was unlucky at Royal Ascot and I was very impressed with him when he won last time.
‘The form of the Irish Guineas has been ripped apart by experts and on form figures we have to improve to even get close to these horses.’
Siskin will be having only his second race of the season because Covid-19 regulations and the disrupted programme stopped Lyons from running the Khaled Abdullah-owned colt in the English 2,000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Stable jockey Colin Keane will ride Siskin even though it means he will have a 14-day quarantine when returning to Ireland.