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Lily's Angel made a successful trip to Kempton on Saturday, landing the Snowdrop Stakes for Ger Lyons

Updated: Sunday, 14 Apr 2013 11:46 | Comments

Lily's Angel stretches clear to extend her unbeaten record on a synthetic surface to four
Lily's Angel stretches clear to extend her unbeaten record on a synthetic surface to four

Lily's Angel and Ger Lyons can boast even more impressive statistics after a trip across the Irish Sea resulted in a two-length success in the Betfred Snowdrop Fillies' Stakes at Kempton.

The trainer's brother, Shane, was supervising and the combination have now won with all three of their runners at the course to date, while Lily's Angel is unbeaten in four starts on a synthetic surface.

Clear top-rated, the 5-2 favourite was being quickly turned around after she beat only a couple home in last Sunday's Gladness Stakes at the Curragh.

Transferred from Richard Fahey during last season, Lily's Angel was kept in close touch by Gary Carroll and swept into the lead with a furlong remaining and this was enough for her to seal her third Listed event as Stirring Ballad had too much to do after meeting trouble and finished two lengths adrift.

"The plan had been the Group Three in Ireland but she doesn't like sitting in her box, and even with the penalty, she was 6lb 'well-in' here," said Shane Lyons.

"You'd look for a Group Three now, and hopefully she can get to Royal Ascot if conditions suit."

Zurigha could have done enough to earn herself a spot in the Qipco 1000 Guineas after showing a fine turn of foot in the Betfred TV Fillies' Conditions Stakes.

Pitched into the Rockfel Stakes on the second of her only two-year-old outings, Richard Hannon's runner finished a respectable sixth behind leading Guineas contender Just The Judge and has clearly maintained progress as she scooted a length and three-quarters clear.

"She's in the English Guineas, the French, and also the Fred Darling next week," said Hannon's son and assistant, Richard junior.

"We have others for the Guineas, but the man who owns her (Saeed H. Altayer) will be very keen to have a go at an English Classic and he's probably right."

A Classic of sorts could await One Word More (9-2) after he contained the challenge of Hannon's 6-4 favourite Glean in the Betfred "Bonus King Bingo" Conditions Stakes.

"He's in the German Guineas and we'll have a look at that," said trainer Charlie Hills.

It's not for a while so we might find another race first."

Ralph Beckett struck gold with his first two-year-old runner of the season, Montaigne (6-1) in the Betfred Mobile Sports/British Stallion Studs E.B.F.

Maiden Stakes while a drop back to seven furlongs enabled Marco Botti's Grey Mirage (6-1) to emerge a decisive winner of the Betfred The Home Of Goals Galore Handicap.

Es Que Love (12-1) nailed Loving Spirit in the Betfred Mobile Lotto Handicap while 25-1 chance Desert Recluse caught the five-timer seeking Buckland in the final strides of the Betfred 'The Bonus King' Queen's Prize Handicap.

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