Ardhoomey defies long absence to claim Listed honours at Curragh

Ger Lyons on target in Sole Power Sprint Stakes

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Ardhoomey went one better than 12 months ago to claim the Sole Power Stakes at the Curragh.

Ger Lyons’ six-year-old had chased home the speedy Acapulco that day but took the spoils this time after a terrific tussle with Gorane.

The eight runners split into two groups, with the far side always holding sway, before it developed into a two-horse affair.

Colin Keane showed why he is champion jockey as he drove Ardhoomey (7-1) to a head victory on his first outing for 204 days.

James Tate’s Newmarket raider Kyllang Rock was sent off the 6-4 favourite but never got into a challenging position and finished sixth.

Lyons said: “We love him. With him and Brendan Brackan in the yard you are in safe hands.

“Colin said he got tired at the end and he thought she (Gorane) was going to get back up and do him.

“He’s one of those old-age pensioners in the yard that does what it says on the tin. I’m delighted to have him.

“This winter we’ve said we wouldn’t mind having a go at seven (furlongs) at some stage. If his wind allows us, that’s what we’d like to do.

“It’s just fun with him. Whatever presents itself, and while he’s around and has a heartbeat, we’ll partake and have fun with him.”

Ardhoomey defies long absence to claim Listed honours at Curragh
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