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Point Lonsdale impresses with Tyros triumph

Point Lonsdale had no trouble stretching his unbeaten record to three with a comfortable success in the Japan Racing Association Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown.

The Chesham Stakes scorer at Royal Ascot pulled clear of his four rivals in the straight to give trainer Aidan O’Brien an eighth straight win in the Group Three over seven furlongs and 15th in all.

The full brother to Group One winner Broome just had to be rousted along in the early strides by Ryan Moore to get a good position as Gabbys Girl set the pace.

Travelling better the further they went, the 1-8 favourite set sail for home two furlongs out and was not hard ridden to score by three lengths from the staying-on Maritime Wings with Unconquerable third of the five runners.

“We’re delighted with him. It was his first time to race around a bend and Ryan was very happy with him,” said O’Brien.

“He’ll probably go to the Futurity next. It was nice for him to get a lead there and he would have learned a bit more today.

Point Lonsdale after his Leopardstown success
Point Lonsdale after his Leopardstown success (Gary Carson/PA)

“That’s his ground, he’s a very low mover. He won in soft ground last time but that would have to be his favourite ground. He’s lovely and low and his head goes down.

“He was even a bit green when he got to the front here today.”

Point Lonsdale was cut to 10-1 favourite, from 12-1, for the Qipco 2000 Guineas and 9-1 favourite, from 10-1, for the Cazoo Derby with Paddy Power.

Point Lonsdale tests credentials in Tyros Stakes

Aidan O’Brien’s next great hope Point Lonsdale puts his reputation on the line in the Japan Racing Association Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown.

The Australia colt maintained his unbeaten record in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot – beating Reach For The Moon, himself an easy winner subsequently.

Speaking after his Ascot win, O’Brien said of Point Lonsdale ‘I hope he’s a Classic horse that can go for the Guineas and the Derby’ – and he is already favourite for both those races.

He faces four rivals on Thursday – including the unexposed Maritime Wings, trained by O’Brien’s son Joseph, who was bought by Team Valor after winning at Leopardstown on debut.

“We’ve been happy with Point Lonsdale since Ascot – everything has gone well with him since,” said O’Brien.

“It was pretty soft at Ascot, and he likes nice ground. He’s a lovely-moving horse, so that should be in his favour this time.”

O’Brien is also represented in the other Group Three on the card, the Frank Conroy Silver Flash Stakes, by Prettiest – who finished a fair fourth in the Albany Stakes at Ascot.

The form of that race has subsequently been given a boost by the winner and second, who went on to finish first and third in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.

“We were very happy with her run in the Albany,” said O’Brien.

“She came back quick enough after her maiden win – but we’ve been happy since, and everything has gone well with her.

“We didn’t think the step up in trip would be a problem for her.”

Ger Lyons is represented by Juncture, second on debut to O’Brien’s Contarelli Chapel before winning easily next time.

She is owned by Juddmonte, and their racing manager Barry Mahon said: “She’s a very nice filly and she’s training nicely. She won well on her last start, and now she’s stepping up to Group company tomorrow.

“It’s a small but very competitive field. Aidan O’Brien’s filly (Prettiest) is going to be tough to beat on her fourth in the Albany.

“We like our filly and we’re hoping she’s going to progress now in the second half of the year.”

Point made in thrilling Chesham

Point Lonsdale came out on top in a thrilling renewal of the Chesham Stakes to deny the Queen a famous winner on her visit to Royal Ascot.

Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore had only tasted success once this week, with Love in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes – but their supporters latched on to this once-raced Australia colt.

Sent off the well-backed 10-11 favourite, he was given a real race of it by Frankie Dettori on the John and Thady Gosden-trained Reach For The Moon.

Understandably in the conditions, it was only a steady pace set by Sweeping, who was still in front of the main group entering the final furlong while Reach For The Moon led Masekela on the far side.

Point Lonsdale then came through to challenge and with Reach For The Moon pulled clear, with the latter drifting right and the favourite going off to his left.

It did not stop him going forwards, however, and he won by half a length. Great Max caught Sweeping for third.

Coral make Point Lonsdale a 12-1 chance for next year’s 2000 Guineas. Paddy Power and Betfair go 16-1 about the Derby.

O’Brien said: “Sorry about that (beating the Queen’s horse), but we are delighted with Point Lonsdale.

“We were delighted with his only run at the Curragh. Everyone has always been happy with him and we think a lot about him. He’s very smart. For a horse bred to be a middle-distance horse he’s always shown a lot of speed.

“It’s unusual for an Australia to be so far forward and the great thing is he’s so genuine and when you ask him he digs deep. He’s a very good mover and that’s why I was worried about the ground, because he’s a colt that bends his knee and is very low.

The Queen with Frankie Dettori and gallant Chesham runner-up Reach For The Moon
The Queen with Frankie Dettori and gallant Chesham runner-up Reach For The Moon (Andrew Matthews/PA)

“But he’s a baby still and did wander in the closing stages. He does it very naturally and will have learned a lot today.

“I hope he’s a Classic horse that can go for the Guineas and the Derby. He has a good chance of getting a mile and a quarter and might get further.

“We will look at the Group races in Ireland, something like the National Stakes, but it will depend where the boys want to go as to where he runs next.”

Moore added: “He’s typical of the Galileo family. He’s green still, he’s still learning but he was very efficient in these conditions. He’s doing this through pure class.

“He doesn’t need this ground, he just handles it. He’s got plenty of heart.”

Thady Gosden said of the runner-up: “It was a great run and we’re really happy with him. That was only his second career run, he is still very inexperienced.

“I think Reach For The Moon and the winner Point Lonsdale got lonely in front, but they both ran on well and look two nice prospects.

“Obviously our lad handled the ground, but he would also prefer better ground in the future – he is one to look forward to.”

Point Lonsdale bound for Chesham assignment after striking Curragh debut

Point Lonsdale looked an exciting recruit to Aidan O’Brien’s juvenile team when making an impressive racecourse debut at the Curragh.

The full-brother to Group Two winner and stablemate Broome could even prove a bargain buy at the 575,000 guineas he cost as a yearling after he comprehensively disposed of the opposition in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Maiden over seven furlongs, earning a tilt at the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Smartly away from stall one, Point Lonsdale, the 7-4 favourite, was always at the head of affairs with market rival Barud alongside him in the early stages.

However, Dermot Weld’s charge, who had the experience of a previous run, was shrugged aside at the business end of the contest.

Point Lonsdale asserted in grand style to score by five and a half lengths from Unconquerable. Mannix was half a length away in third place with Barud fourth.

O’Brien said: “He was working very smart and we wanted to get him out as we felt he was a horse for the Chesham. That’s what we think of him.

“He shows everything at home. He travels, he quickens and relaxes – all the right stuff.”

Dr Zempf came from last to first to strike at the first attempt with an equally-eyecatching display in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race – with connections nominating the Group Two Railway Stakes as his next race.

A 420,000 guineas purchase at Tattersalls, the Ger Lyons-trained colt travelled sweetly in behind as Missing Nation took the six-strong field along.

Dr Zempf is going the Siskin route
Dr Zempf is going the Siskin route (PA)

Hadman made an early bid for victory with the 7-4 favourite Elliptic also coming through following a tardy start.

The final furlong turned into a duel between Dr Zempf (5-2) and Elliptic, with the former, ridden by Colin Keane, comfortably getting on top to win by two and a quarter lengths.

Shane Lyons, assistant to his brother, said: “He’s a lovely horse and is after doing that very well. He took it in very well beforehand and during the race he was very professional.

“We’ll take him home and see how he comes out of the race. He will improve as today was his first day seeing grass. Most likely the next race will be the Railway Stakes – the Siskin route.”

The Lyons team doubled up when Reve De Vol finished best of all to take the Listed Sky Bet Orby Stakes.

O’Reilly led them in the 10-furlong affair and stuck to his guns throughout, as Geometrical and then Patrick Sarsfield put down strong challenges.

It looked like the latter had just about done enough, only for Reve De Vol to fly home once Keane had switched and got a clear run approaching the furlong pole. A head was the winning margin at the line over Patrick Sarsfield, with O’Reilly another half-length back in third.

Shane Lyons said: “That was a very good performance. Colin said a very true-run mile and two would be right up his street. There was a bit of cat and mouse there today.

“Colin was able to fill him and try to get a gap out. He hit the line hard and it’s a nice race to win.

“He’s bred to get a mile and a half, but Colin said a true-run mile and two would suit so if he keeps winning then we’ll keep him at that.”