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Group 1 winner Lyre has sights set on Thousand Guineas in spring

Godolphin has set the Thousand Guineas as the major spring target for Group 1-winning Lyre
Blue Diamond Stakes winner Lyre will target the Thousand Guineas
Daryl Curnow 18 Aug 2019
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Lyre targets Thousand Guineas

Godolphin and trainer Anthony Freedman will target the Group 1 Thousand Guineas for star filly Lyre.

The Blue Diamond Stakes winner followed up her biggest career win with a third placing in the Golden Slipper before being spelled. She will return in early spring with the Thousand Guineas at Flemington on the radar.

"The Thousand Guineas is her target at this stage, if she can stay a mile," Freedman's son and assistant trainer, Sam Freedman, said.

'"We'll probably find out how she goes in a Prelude or something, whether she sees out 1400 metres.

"And if she doesn't you'd probably look to drop back in distance to a Coolmore (Stud Stakes) or something like that."

A winner of three from five, Lyre has been back in work for two weeks and the Freedman team are happy with her progress.

"She's been back in for just over two weeks and the riders couldn't be happier with her," Freedman said.

"She's ticking all the boxes and everything is on track.

"She'll start some pace work next week.

"She has strengthened right up, put on a lot of muscle. They've done a really good job with her out at the farm at Godolphin.

"She looks really well and she's moving well."

Stablemate Meuse is also looking to book her spot in the Thousand Guineas. The unbeaten filly, however, is still a little immature according to Freedman.

"She will look to target the Thousand Guineas but she's probably still six months away from her best," Freedman said.

"She's got scope to probably get over further and possibly out to 2000 metres, but she needs to learn to relax as well."

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