Group Race Double for Eddie Lynam
07 May 2013
Eddie Lynam has some horses of real quality this year and he enjoyed a Group race double at the weekend, courtesy of stable stalwart SOLE POWER and rising star VIZTORIA (IRE). SOLE POWER got his favoured fast ground conditions at Newmarket on Saturday and he made no mistake in the Group 3 Palace House Stakes winning cosily under Johnny Murtagh. Already a Group 1 winner, he has been a fantastic horse for the Power family taking them all over the world and he looks set for another profitable summer, especially if it stays dry. He could be a poster horse for racehorse ownership as he was cheaply bought, has won a fortune in prize-money and in the last year has run with credit at places such as The Curragh, Ascot, York, Meydan, Sha Tin and Longchamp.
VIZTORIA (IRE) made a winning reappearance for the Lynam yard at the Curragh on Sunday when winning the Group 3 Athasi Stakes. A high class 2yo last year she looks to have strengthen up nicely and only had to be nudged out under a hands and heels ride from Johnny Murtagh to beat BUNAIRGEAD (IRE) by a length. Lynam was impressed by the daughter of ORATORIO (IRE) and commented;
"We brought her here to see if she had trained on and whether she would settle and get the trip with a view to running in the Irish Guineas. After that performance we can dream on for another few weeks."
Owned by Kay Lavery, VIZTORIA (IRE) was bred by Airlie Stud and was bought as a yearling at Goffs February Sale for only €15,000. Yet another example of high quality for small money at an Irish sale.
Curragh trainer Paul Deegan has made a great start to the season and he has a very smart horse in his care in SRUTHAN (IRE). He won the Listed Tetrarch Stakes at The Curragh in the style of a good horse, quickening clear of FORTIFY (IRE) to win by two and a half lengths. The winner, a son of Ballyhane Stud’s ARAKAN was bred by the Hyland’s of Oghill House Stud and they recently sold him to Hong Kong owner Robert Ng, but he will stay in the Deegan yard for the foreseeable future. The trainer commented;
"We gelded SRUTHAN (IRE) last year and it made a big difference. I expected him to run well but not to win like that. We think a fair bit of him and the Jersey Stakes will be considered."
SRUTHAN (IRE) is a half-brother to the yards good sprinter SRUCAHAN (IRE). For many at the Curragh the highlight was the reappearance of last years triple Classic winner CAMELOT. He looked on good terms with himself and he showed he retains all his class with a comfortable win in the Group 3 Mooresbridge Stakes. It looks onwards and upwards for the son of MONTJEU(IRE).