Lightening Pearl impressing Lyons

Ger Lyons “couldn’t be happier” with his Qipco 1000 Guineas hope Lightening Pearl who bids to take her Group One tally to two at Newmarket on May 6th.

The filly by Marju caught everyone’s attention after winning the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes last year and her odds were immediately slashed in the 1000 Guineas market straight after the race. Lyons admitted he is going into the unknown regards the one-mile trip but believes she has the ability to run a very big race.

“I was very happy with her. Johnny Murtagh rode her, it was three weeks to the day to the Guineas and she’s where I want her to be.

“It was a good solid piece of work. I decided not to run her in the trial as I didn’t want her to have a hard race, she’s a Group One winner after all and has nothing to prove.

“As it turns out, Johnny said she went so well in the work she’d probably have won it anyway.

“Her big day is the Guineas, though, and she’s coming to herself the same way she did before the Cheveley Park,
“I hope to see her come in her coat soon but I couldn’t be happier with her.

“Some say it’s the last two-year-old race of the season and I tend to agree, then it’s all about who’ll get the trip and that’s anyone’s guess.

“I’m just delighted to have one good enough to be going over.

“It’s very hard to start training a horse for a race three months out, every day with a horse is a challenge, as we’ve seen with Frankel, but at the moment I couldn’t be happier and if she improves in the next three weeks as she has the last three weeks I’ll be delighted.”

Lightening Pearl is a general 16/1 shot for the first filly’s Classic of the season.


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