Siskin To Miss National Stakes As Trip To England Preferred


The Ger Lyons trained two year old Siskin will not be racing on Sunday at the Curragh in the highly anticipated Group One National Stakes and will instead head over to England for the first time in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket at the end of the month.

The colt will be missing a huge contest in what could have seen him go up against two of the other best juveniles in the division with Armory for Aidan O'Brien and Pinatubo for Charlie Appleby all but nailed on to be competing on Sunday.

Siskin was tipped to be one of the main attractions at this seasons Irish Champions weekend which sees two days of superb racing from Leopardstown and the Curragh.

However, after a decision from his trainer and connections it has been decided that the two year old will now head to Newmarket on the 28th September for his first race in England in the Group one Middle Park Stakes.

(Credit Racing Post) "Siskin is fine but the decision has been taken to miss the National Stakes at the Curragh and wait for the Middle Park," said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Siskin's owner Khalid Abdullah.

The juvenile was a general favourite in most places at 7/2 to take the spoils but instead of stepping up to seven furlongs for the first time in his career he will be staying at six in a race his owner sponsors.

The unbeaten colt landed his first Group One success at the Curragh last time out when seeing off another challenge from Aidan O'Brien when Siskin took the Phoenix Stakes just pipping Monarch Of Egypt close home.

The new favourite for the National Stakes on Sunday is Pinatubo for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby who is also unbeaten and after hacking up in the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood beating subsequent Solario Stakes winner Positive.

He has now been installed as the new 1/2 market leader with O'Brien's biggest challenge now the second favourite at 11/2 with Armory heading into the race off the back of a progressive win in the Group Two Futurity Stakes.