21/09/2022. International Horse Racing World: Racing Post about Lismore & Beamish – Glightline (by TDN) – Sean Levey: is set to return to action on Friday at Haydock (UK)


There are two major staying prizes yet to be decided this season and only 14 days between them.


It is likely few horses will attempt the Prix du Cadran-Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup double and the season’s dominant stayer Kyprios is a short-priced favourite for both.


Aidan O’Brien has already earmarked the Cadran on Arc weekend for Kyprios and if he continues his unbeaten run at Longchamp that will be a brilliant fourth straight Group 1.


I’d be surprised if O’Brien elected to run Kyprios on Champions Day at Ascot down in grade just two weeks on and that looks a race to target as he is a best-priced 6-4 chance.


Trueshan has landed the last two runnings of the Long Distance Cup and is the obvious one to assume favouritism if Kyprios bypasses the race.


However, he arrives with questions to answer after a disappointing effort in the Doncaster Cup where he looked slightly unruly under pressure.


Trueshan’s trainer Alan King suggested his stable star might have been psychologically impacted by his experience of running on faster ground at Goodwood on his previous start, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was put away for the year. 


Like Kyprios, the improving Quickthorn is Cadran-bound so might not head to Ascot, while Stradivarius may have enjoyed a renaissance this season but he is eight and has disappointed in this race before.  

I’m drawn to two at big prices and Lismore is the first to consider at 25-1. 


The Henry de Bromhead-trained mare put up a bold bid from the front in the Doncaster Cup under Frankie Dettori recently and really impressed with her attitude that day, rallying to be beaten only half a length by the in-form Coltrane with Trueshan sandwiched between the pair. 


Lismore clearly enjoys her travels as her two best performances have come in Britain and she has been raced sparingly this campaign.


She doesn’t have the best record fresh either, so it was a highly encouraging effort at Doncaster following a 130-day break.


Two miles at Ascot on soft ground are Lismore’s optimum conditions and she looks excellent value with a small bit of improvement anticipated from the Doncaster Cup.

It is also worth having a look at Beamish at 20-1 for the excellent Paddy Twomey, whose 31 per cent strike-rate in Ireland this season is outstanding. 


Beamish is yet to encounter two miles, but shapes as if the trip could really suit and he emerged with great credit when a close third in the Group 3 Paddy Power Stakes over 1m4f on Irish Champions Weekend recently. 


Despite the fact Twomey has cited the Cadran as a possible target for Beamish, my feeling is Kyprios could scare a couple away from the Cadran and Twomey will find a crack at Ascot difficult to resist.


2m4f in a Longchamp Group 1 could ask too much of this lightly raced four-year-old at this stage of his career, whereas two miles at Ascot in a Group 2 looks more suitable. He loves soft ground and should have plenty more to offer.

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Sean Levey: is set to return to action on Friday at Haydock - John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos) – By Scott Burton

Sean Levey says he feels aggrieved at missing eight days of racing, including the final of the Racing League, following the news that he has been reinstated as medically eligible to ride after a negative urine test. 

The Classic-winning jockey was stood down by stewards at Sandown last Wednesday after an instant saliva test produced a positive result for amphetamine, a prohibited substance.

In a statement released by Levey on Wednesday, the jockey made clear he was convinced of his own innocence and immediately requested a urine test, which was carried out within 24 hours. 

Levey had been on course to land the £20,000 first prize as the Racing League’s leading jockey but was forced to miss the final meeting at Newcastle, where Saffie Osborne overhauled him after riding an improbable 6,539-1 treble.

He is set to return to action on Friday at Haydock with five rides.

“Although I am happy to be back riding later this week, it’s hard not to feel aggrieved at what has happened to me the last few days,” said Levey. 

“Some might say I’ve been unlucky with the false positive happening just before the Racing League final, but I sincerely hope that there are lessons to be learned from this and that similar things don’t happen to jockeys in the future.”

The Professional Jockeys Association hailed the introduction of instant saliva testing in May 2021 as a major deterrent for any rider to go to the races having consumed a prohibited substance.

The BHA did not comment on the case other than to confirm Levey was cleared to ride again on Tuesday, meaning his agent Sash Righton was able to start booking rides from Friday onwards.

The statement referred to Levey’s desire for a full investigation as to what went wrong with the initial test.

Levey added: “I appreciate the support I’ve received from trainers, fellow jockeys and my sponsor SBK throughout the past week. I look forward to getting back in the saddle this weekend.”

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