The Lir Jet runs tomorrow at Kentucky Downs in the Franklin Simpson Stakes (Grade 2). Tyler Gaffalione is booked to ride. The race is at 5.18pm Kentucky time and 11.18pm UK time. The race is over 6.5f on the turf and is worth $600k (he runs for $300k as not Kentucky-bred).
A competitive race as you would expect for the grade. The two main contenders against The Lir Jet look to be Point By Me who is a Grade 1 winner having won the Secretariat Stakes and Miss Amulet who we are familiar with as she is a filly trained in Ireland by Ken Condon who has made the trip over.
The Lir Jet has a very good draw in stall 2 so the plan will be to make use of the draw and go forward. Tyler Gaffalione is a top jockey and has a very impressive strike rate around Kentucky Downs.
Brendan Walsh said "I'm very happy with The Lir Jet. The more time I've had him the more pleased I've become. He's settled in well and seems happy. I gave him a nice workout last weekend which put him spot on. I won the race last year with Guildsman and of the two horses, The Lir Jet would marginally be the better horse. It is a competitive race but I'd be disappointed if he wasn't in the mix.
Whatever he does tomorrow he will improve the more he gets used to the American training regime, however he's fit and well and ready for action. Fingers crossed he gives a good account of himself and runs a big race for you all."
It is advised to have an each way bet on The Lir Jet.