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WON GRADE 2 FRANKLIN SIMPSON STAKES AT KENTUCKY DOWNS ON 11TH SEPTEMBER
RacehorseClub is delighted to have bought into The Lir Jet in partnership with Qatar Racing Ltd.
The Lir Jet flew to America on 25th August to join top Kentucky based trainer Brendan Walsh. He won at Kentucky Downs on 11th September in the Grade 2 Franklin Simpson Stakes.
Cleverly named for a sprinter (he is by the promising young stallion, Prince Of Lir, a Royal Ascot winner in 2016), he initially raced in the colours of Michael Bell’s son, Nick, but was snapped up by Qatar Racing after breaking the all-aged five furlong track record time at Yarmouth on his racecourse debut in June 2020.
He probably did not learn much that day, given that he made every yard of the running, which makes it all-the-more admirable that, just a fortnight later, he was able to run down the American speedball, Golden Pal, in the shadow of the winning post and emulate his sire by lifting the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot. Golden Pal franked the form later in the year when storming home in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.
Unlike Golden Pal, The Lir Jet is not just about blazing pace – he proved that he stayed six furlongs when filling the runner-up berth in both the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin in France and the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes in Ireland. And in both races, he had subsequent Group 1 winners in his wake – Tiger Tanaka in the Papin and St Mark’s Basilica in the Phoenix.
Already a seasoned traveler, he ended his juvenile campaign with a third foreign trip, this time to America to contest the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. He finished seventh, performing with great credit given that he was forced to break from the outside stall, a major disadvantage around Keeneland’s tight turns.
David Redvers of Qatar Racing said“Qatar Racing are delighted to have teamed up with this exciting new venture. RacehorseClub is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to become a member of a Royal Ascot winner and we’re all looking forward to the season ahead”.