Ger Lyons finally saddled his first Irish Group 1 winner when his star juvenile colt Siskin made it four out of four by landing the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Friday evening under Colin Keane, allaying his trainer's fears about the soft ground in the process.
It was a very good performance by the son of First Defence as he went to the front inside the final furlong and then produced enough up the hill to hold off the Ballydoyle pair Monarch Of Egypt and Royal Lytham by three-parts-of-a-length. A mouthwatering clash with top British juvenile Pinatubo could well be in the offing.
The gutsy Gustavus Weston ran out a game winner of the Group 3 Qatar Racing And Equestrian Club Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh on Friday evening, giving Fethard trainer Joe Murphy his first success at Group level this season.
Partnered by in-form rider Gary Carroll, the 16-1 shot led in the final furlong and battled on well in a battle of three-year-olds to hold off the filly Woody Creek by a neck. It meant that Murphy has sent out a Group 3 winner, a Listed winner and a Premier Handicap winner from nine winners this season.