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Lyre confirms her form with gallant second in G1 Robert Sangster Stakes

Mike Hedge

Lyre defied a torrid, wide run to just come up short in Saturday’s G1 Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville, at the same time demonstrating she had retained her supreme juvenile form.

The daughter of Darleys stallion Lonhro persisted after being forced off the track and was still closing on the line to finish a close second to Bella Vella.

Assistant trainer Sam Freedman praised the performance as a true indication of the ability of the filly who had stamped herself as one of Australia’s best two-year-olds with her G1 Blue Diamond Stakes victory.

Lyre also finished third in the 2019 G1 Golden Slipper and was then examined as a classics prospect in the G1 Thousand Guineas where she finished fourth to the Godolphin filly Flit.

“We tried to stretch her out to the mile in the Guineas, but she came up just short," Freedman said.

“To see her put in such a determined effort today gave us the confidence to keep her going for some more good races in the future.”

Lyre endured a difficult run throughout Saturday’s race while the winner had the advantage of the inside.

But in the final 100m Lyre maintained a resolute finish to finish within a head of Bella Vella.