Lyons' Lily's Angel sticking to same winning routine
TRAINER Ger Lyons accepts Lily's Angel is "the one to beat" when she chases further Listed gains at Dundalk tonight.
The four-year-old filly is unbeaten on an artificial surface, and arrives at the Co Louth circuit on the back of a brilliant second in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown in September.
Lily's Angel now attempts to win the one-mile Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cooley Fillies Stakes for a second successive season.
Lyons said: "We're sticking to the same routine as last year.
"She'll get a break after this before we rev her up for Dubai. We always said the Cooley Stakes would be her final run.
"She has it all to do under a penalty but, realistically on figures, she's the one to beat. The horses don't know that, but she's never let me down."
Lyons also saddles Harmonic Note and Angela's Dream.
The Co Meath handler said: "Harmonic Note's always worked like a very good horse but didn't really put it together on turf, even though she was Listed-placed at Goodwood.
"She's in really good form and she likes Dundalk. She heads to the mares' sales in December after this. Angela's Dream looks up against it and would need to run a career-best by a long way to finish third.
"Unfortunately she looks well out of it on figures and also has a bad draw. She's an honest sort and it's her last run before she goes to the sales so we've nothing to lose."
Trainer Eddie Lynam believes Pearl Of Africa, who drops to Listed class after two tries in Group company, has it all to do to peg back the likely favourite.
He said: "Lily's Angel sets the bar. If you beat her, you win, as she's the best filly in the race and looks capable of carrying the penalty."