Qatar Sussex Stakes
|Group 1, Goodwood 15:35
1m, Class 1
|Wednesday 29th July 2020|
Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas victor, the Ger Lyons-trained Siskin, is likely heading to Goodwood for the Sussex Stakes.
Owned by Khalid Abdullah, the 2-1 favourite provided Lyons and Keane with a first Classic success and added to his Group One victory in the Phoenix Stakes over six furlongs at the Curragh as a juvenile.
Lyons said: “This means everything, it means 30 years’ hard graft for everybody – to win a Guineas was always my number one and hopefully it’s the first of many.
“I’m delighted with the support we are getting from owners and the quality has increased year on year.
“That was hard work and full credit to Colin Keane. You don’t get a Guineas handed to you and they both stood up when it was needed. If there was a kink in that horse then he wasn’t going to go through that gap.
“Colin is the best there is at the minute. He’s only a kid and he’s going to keep improving.
“I also want to thank Khalid Abdullah, who is watching in Paris I’m sure. They are the ultimate breeders.”
Siskin had never previously run beyond six furlongs, and Lyons went on: “I was worried about this horse’s trip around February and March, but when we went into lockdown then I was confident that the trip wasn’t an issue. If we were a sprinter then we were in trouble because we weren’t quick enough.
“He’s a very easy horse to train and no question he’s the best I’ve trained.
“We’ll probably go to Goodwood next for the Sussex, but I want to keep Colin on him and hopefully the 14 days (quarantine) will be gone by then. We are definitely skipping Ascot.
“We’ll have a chat about it, but that was the plan providing he was good enough today.
“I know he gets the mile and I wouldn’t draw a line through 10 furlongs at the moment.”
Qipco Sussex Stakes 2019 (British Champions Series)
£1,059,250 added, 3yo plus, 1m, Class 1
1 (3) Too Darn Hot 3 9-0 John Gosden Frankie Dettori EvsF
2 (6) ½ Circus Maximus 3 9-0 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 9/2
3 (5) 1¼ I Can Fly 4 9-5 A P O'Brien Donnacha O'Brien 14/1
4 (2) shd Happy Power 3 9-0 Andrew Balding Silvestre De Sousa 33/1
5 (7) 1¼ Lord Glitters 6 9-8 David O'Meara Daniel Tudhope 6/1
6 (4) 1¼ Phoenix Of Spain 3 9-0 Charles Hills Jamie Spencer 11/2
7 (8) ¾ Zabeel Prince 6 9-8 Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni 20/1
8 (1) nk Accidental Agent 5 9-8 Eve Johnson Houghton Frankie Dettori 33/1