Ger Lyons set to strike early with promising juveniles

Two-year-olds Mack Attack and Sweet Sounds might be capable of giving Ger Lyons and Colin Keane an early double on tonight’s flat card in Roscommon.

A son of Mayson, Mack Attack shaped with plenty of promise on his recent debut in Cork, eventually ending up in the middle of the track when chasing home Born To Be, beaten a length and three-quarters in a six-furlong maiden.

That experience and the extra furlong, plus a low draw, should make David Spratt’s colt tough to beat in the opener, the Irish Stallion Farms Maiden.

The second Lyons juvenile, Sweet Sounds, made a successful debut in Tipperary ten days ago when, having travelled sweetly, she picked up well to score in emphatic style beating Lady Derrynane by three lengths.

This Vocalised filly should step-up on that effort tonight. She might have to, if she’s to beat John Murphy’s Massif Central, which ran a cracker on his debut in Naas when third behind Leo Minor in a five-runner conditions event, in which he faced three previous winners. Outpaced at half-way in that six-furlong contest, the Arcano colt came home well to be beaten two lengths and is open to plenty of improvement.

In the handicap action, Declan McDonogh might continue on his winning ways on board Great Wide Open in the seven-furlong Murray Ambulance Services Handicap.

Charles O’Brien’s charge was collared late and beaten a neck by Captain Power at Leopardstown on Thursday and, racing off the same mark here, should have rock-solid claims against the likes of top-weight Have A Nice Day, successful off a 3lb. lower mark at the Curragh before finishing seventh to Dream Walker in the valuable Ahonoora Handicap in Galway

With some juice in the ground, the Willie McCreery-trained Elm Grove will be fancied in her bid to follow-up a recent success in a lady riders’ handicap in Tipperary.


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