Psychedelic Funk will be expected to prove the star of the weekend’s domestic action when he puts his unbeaten record on the line in the listed Coolmore War Command Rochestown Stakes in Naas tomorrow.
The Ger Lyons-trained Choisir colt has triumphed twice over this course and distance and, with more improvement likely, sets a decent standard in a race which his trainer won with Argentero last year.
Psychedelic Funk got the better of the well-regarded Bolger filly Bean Feasa on his debut last month and followed-up with a facile victory over previous winner Ambiguity less than three weeks ago.
Ridden by Colin Keane, he powered clear in the final furlong to triumph by six lengths last time.
A reproduction of that sort of display will make him tough to beat tomorrow, when his opposition will include two O’Brien challengers, Peace Envoy and Lundy, plus Richard Hannon’s Hakeem, a winner at 1/16 in Nottingham.
Successful in a listed event at Navan last time, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Washington DC, the mount of Ryan Moore, sets the standard in the Bar One Racing Lacken Stakes, a six-furlong event over six furlongs.
The Ballydoyle colt is rated just 1lb. superior to Jim Bolger’s Smash Williams, successful twice at the Curragh before disappointing in a Group 3 in France last year, but making his seasonal debut here.
Ger Lyons might kick-start his weekend by recording a first and last race double with Medicine Jack and Lustrous Light in Navan today.
Medicine Jack, third to Lundy on his debut at Leopardstown, faced a tough task in a conditions event in Newbury on his second start, when finishing sixth behind Mehmas, beaten in Sandown’s National Stakes on Thursday but still a leading fancy for the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Back in a median auction maiden he is the one to beat.
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