ICE AND EASY FOR RED-HOT KEANE.
BY RYAN MCELLIGOTT GER LYONS' terrific run of form continued at Bellewstown last night where the trainer reeled off a double.
Both of Lyons' winners were ridden by Colin Keane, who is setting a blistering pace in the apprentice jockey's title.
The Lyons-trained Ice Echo was first to strike as he shaded a tight finish to the opening two-year-old maiden.
First impressions were that the grey had been denied by Bleu Ciel Et Rouge but, to the surprise of many, the photo went Ice Echo's way by a nose. "I thought he was beaten by a head and I felt he would have been an unlucky loser," said Lyons.
"He made the running and he was green as grass in front and he jumped the road, too. He's a horse we like."
Keane and Lyons then picked up the five furlong three-year-old only handicap with Body Beautiful.
The 100/30 shot was taking a drop in class, having contested a Group 3 contest last time, and she produced a brave frontrunning effort.
After seeing off Chiclet heading into the final furlong, Body Beautiful found more to repel the late charge of Mr Good Guy by half a length.
The admirable Ucanchoose followed up his win at Tipperary last week by taking the other five furlong handicap.
The Andy Slattery inmate led with over a furlong to run for Declan McDonogh and won by half a length. "The blinkers have really livened him up and I wasn't worried about a high draw as that stat says you have a chance from a high draw here," said the rider.
Earlier, the Johnny Murtaghtrained Arriana landed the five furlongs two-year-old maiden under Niall McCullagh.
PRIDE OF LYONS: Trainer Ger Lyons enjoyed a double
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jul 6, 2014|
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