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Unrequited can extend Lyons' run of success

By Richard Forristal

Ger Lyons can continue his irresistible run of form at Tipperary tonight with Unrequited, his sole runner on the all-Flat spread in the 12-furlong maiden. On the last four domestic cards that he has had runners, Lyons has saddled four winners and six placed horses from 11 starters

The astute Co Meath-based handler has long had a reputation for placing his horses proficiently, but his current prolificacy, which has coincided with an uninterrupted spell of fast ground that always suits his horses well, is especially pronounced.

Lyons' purple patch has also followed the recent appointment of his excellent apprentice Colin Keane as first-choice rider.

Runner-up to Connor King in last year's young riders' championship, 19-year-old Keane leads the current title-holder by 13, with Leigh Roche one closer to him on 11 wins.

There is a long way to go yet, but Keane could secure triumph number 24 for the year aboard Lyons' son of Authorized.

Sixth to Ebanoran in a cracking Curragh maiden on his October debut over seven furlongs, Unrequited emerged with plenty of credit on his return at Leopardstown in May.

Stepping up to this trip, he kept on for third behind Sundara, with the fifth, Starchitect, franking the form when just denied by Table Rock next time.

While the bare form might not be exceptional, Unrequited should be good enough to set himself apart in this open contest if he improves again.

Aidan O'Brien's Granddukeoftuscany is the most obvious threat to the nap selection. He didn't show much on his Curragh bow, but the chances are that this well-bred colt is better than that.

A similar comment applies to Ballydoyle's Lone Star in the concluding conditions race over a mile.

Successful on the all-weather at the third time of asking in February, this Sea The Stars gelding flopped over 10 furlongs in deep ground on his first start in a handicap at the Curragh.

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