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Convergence to take on Gleneagles at the Curragh

Updated: Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 11:22 | Comments

Ger Lyons' Convergence will ride the Futurity Stakes at the Curragh
Ger Lyons' Convergence will ride the Futurity Stakes at the Curragh

Convergence has already bowled over one Aidan O'Brien hotpot and is out to do it again in Sunday's Galileo European Breeders Fund Futurity Stakes at the Curragh.

A Group Two won by the likes of Giant's Causeway, Hawk Wing, Teofilo and New Approach has attracted a strong field again, with Ger Lyons' Convergence matched with O'Brien's Gleneagles after their meeting in the Tyros Stakes.

Lyons' juvenile went on to beat another O'Brien runner, East India, in a Listed event at Tipperary.

"He is in great order," said the trainer.

"He is a very honest little horse and he is thriving all the time. His first two runs of the season were purely to make him concentrate so I wouldn't have to geld him and it worked.

"Next year when he gets a mile and a quarter he is going to be a lovely little colt.

"He is absolutely thriving on his racing. I can't wait to be able to drop him into a race rather than make all his own running and the sooner than happens the better.

"He should have been second to Gleneagles at Leopardstown.
The second horse lay on top of him in my opinion and he didn't let him out and I think he went on at Tipperary and proved that point.

"He holds good entries, culminating in the Racing Post Trophy. I would like to think he will run well but next year he is going to be a much better three-year-old and he is just a great fun horse for his owner."

Jim Bolger has two interesting runners in Hall Of Fame and Parish Boy, while Sheila Lavery was encouraged to start Itorio after his good fourth to Dick Whittington in the Anglesey Stakes.

She said: "He is very well but it is a big ask.

"He ran very well on his only other start over seven and he should have won that day. He spooked and was just unlucky.

"I'm throwing him in at the deep end but he was entered and the rating he has means there is very little for him.

"He is entitled to take his chance and the form has stacked up a bit with Dick Whittington going on to win the Group One Phoenix Stakes. We are more hopeful than expectant."

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