Nunthorpe Next Port of Call for The Lir Jet

Royal Ascot hero The Lir Jet (Ire) (Prince of Lir {Ire}), second by only a nose in the G2 Prix Robert Papin at Chantilly on Sunday, will make his next start against elders in the G1 Coolmore Nunthorpe S. in August. Originally campaigned by Nick Bell and trained by Michel Bell, the bay sparkled on debut at Yarmouth on June 3 and was subsequently purchased privately by Sheikh Fahad's Qatar Racing. The acquisition proved a shrewd one, as The Lir Jet captured the G2 Norfolk S. at Royal Ascot on June 19, still in Bell's care.

Bell said, “He's back in the yard and seems none the worse for his exertions, thankfully. I've just been talking to Sheikh Fahad and I think we're going to drop back to five furlongs for the Nunthorpe–that's the thinking at the moment. Oisin [Murphy] is pretty emphatic that he's better horse over five furlongs and the form book would suggest that, too.”

Facing the best European sprinters in the Nunthorpe, The Lir Jet will fortunately receive a hefty break in the weights.

“If the Battaash (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) we know turns up, he'll be a worthy favourite, but if we don't go there you'd be running somewhere carrying penalties, or running over six furlongs in the G1 Prix Morny, which would mean more travelling,” Bell added. “It's not set in stone, but Sheikh Fahad's view is you don't succeed if you don't try, which is a good attitude to have.”

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