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Monday 5 December 2016

Alexander is on song as Eddie Lynam's plots winning return to Ascot

Naas on Monday still plan for Lynam's Royal Ascot winner

Monday's Group Three Lacken Stakes at Naas is the plan for Eddie Lynam's Anthem Alexander as he plots a return to Royal Ascot where she was successful last season.

Speaking yesterday evening at Fairyhouse after Miss Elizabeth made a winning debut in the colours of his wife Aileen, Lynam was looking forward to the Group Three contest.

"I am very happy with her. Pat Smullen had a sit on her at the Curragh on Sunday and he was very happy with her and the ground seems to be coming her way and all going well she will go to Naas," the trainer said.

"She has grown again and she's a big weight - the guts of 500 kilos - and we are very happy with her but like everybody else we'd like to see her get out on the track now and prove what we think.

"Royal Ascot is next for her and after that there is a few races put on in Ireland if you fall a little bit short, but the dream at the moment is that she's going to be very good."

Lynam has become renowned for his handling of top-class sprinters in recent seasons and he reported that stable star Sole Power came out of his run at the Curragh last weekend in good shape.

His first run on Irish soil since August 2011 was over six furlongs and on ground that would have been easier than ideal but Royal Ascot is firmly top of his agenda also.

"He's in good nick," the Meath-based trainer continued. "We were trying to put a square plug in a round hole between trip, ground and everything else.

"He used to be just a horse you had to mind to make sure you don't do too much with him but as he's got older, he can get heavy very easily and he needs those races and it was great to give him a run at home ... I don't think the horse could get over how quickly he was home after the races!

"Richard (Hughes) was happy and we are trying to make history and winn the King's Stand for a third time."

Another possible Royal Ascot contender is a relatively new recruit to the yard, Moviesta, who also looks an exciting sprinter for the season.

"We haven't had him that long and he worked last Sunday too. Wayne Lordan rode him and he worked nicely. Royal Ascot is touch and go. He won't be ready to run before then and to go there without a run is asking a lot, but all options are open.

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"There is a listed race in Cork just before Royal Ascot that he could possibly run in and then possibly run on the Saturday of Royal Ascot or he could wait for Irish Derby weekend. He's training very well and we'll just take it week by week - it wouldn't surprise me if he gets there.

"He's going to be running against Sole Power a lot of the time and he was a very unlucky loser in the l'Abbaye last season. He was a very good horse for Bryan Smart and if we can get the same level of performance from him, we'll be happy."

Lynam also had an update on Group Two winner Agnes Stewart.

"She had a setback at the wrong time at the end of March which held her up for four weeks, but she's training well and is still in Royal Ascot, the Pretty Polly, and the Oaks and when she tells me she's ready she'll run."

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