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Ger Lyons hoping Siskin can continue to shine next season

28 Oct 2019

Trainer proud to have unbeaten colt in his yard with tilt as QIPCO 2000 Guineas on cards

Siskin and Colin Keane before their unfortunate experience at Newmarket. Pic Steven Cargill /

Ger Lyons is excited to see what his star colt Siskin can do next season either in the mile or sprint division of the QIPCO British Champions Series.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned juvenile is unbeaten in four starts to date and provided his trainer with a first Group One success in Ireland on his latest competitive appearance, in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in August.

The son of First Defence was all set to put his record on the line in a mouthwatering renewal Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes last month, but there was drama at the start as Siskin reared and went down in the stalls and had to be withdrawn.

Lyons is keen to draw a line under that unfortunate experience and is now looking forward to 2020.

“It was a shock what happened with him at Newmarket, but thankfully he came out of it OK,” said the  County Meath trainer.

“We’ll look forward to next year now, and he’ll be in the [QIPCO 2000] Guineas and other races.”

All Siskin’s victories have come at six furlongs.

Lyons added: “We live in hope that he trains on to be a nice three-year-old, whether that’s for a Guineas or a Commonwealth Cup.

“He goes into the winter unbeaten and is a lovely horse to have. I’m very proud to have him in the yard.”