Sport

National Lady can repeat Fairyhouse success on Friday’s card

Ger Lyons’ speedy filly scored at the track last week

Ger Lyons will have high hopes of seeing his promising Serious Notions get a first win in the median auction race at Dundalk on Wednesday afternoon
Ger Lyons, trainer of National Lady

NATIONAL Lady can follow up back at Fairyhouse on Friday on her handicap debut.

The Magna Grecia filly opened her account over course and distance in a maiden here just over two weeks ago and only went up a pound for that cosy victory.

She had been placed three times over seven furlongs before her breakthrough victory last time and a drop in trip made the difference last time.

The speedy three-year-old got the job done in fine style, when beating Emerald Eclipse by three lengths, and that form looks fairly solid.

There is scope for further improvement from the Ger Lyons-trained filly and she looks capable of striking again off her current mark.

James Ryan takes a useful 5lb off her back now to ease the burden of top weight.

Jarlath Fahey also claims off the other top-weight in the field, Grand City Hall, with Jack Cleary getting the leg up on that gelding.

He looks an obvious danger having run well in a competitive event on his handicap debut at the Curragh last time.

Seven furlongs looked to stretch him last time and dropping back now should suit better as he won his maiden over this trip in Cork.

Ger Lyons can also collect a few races later on the card with Janoobi in the seven-furlong conditions race.

The Night Of Thunder gelding looks to have found a nice opportunity and faces an easier task now having been fifth in a €100,000 handicap at Cork on his last outing.

He had returned from a serious injury to score at Naas previously and sets a good standard in this off a mark of 97.

Another horse who has been presented with a nice opportunity is Soul Of Spain in the mile-and-a-half maiden.

The Phoenix Of Spain colt has been turned over at short prices on both his outings this term and is tried in a tongue-tie and blinkers now.

He had to play second fiddle to Cruden at Limerick last time but a similar run may be enough to get his head in front this time.

His mark of 84 sets a fair standard in what doesn’t look like a particularly strong event and it would be disappointing if he couldn’t get the job done this time.