One of Ireland’s most straight-talking trainers, Ger Lyons is letting his horses do most of the talking this season as he is enjoying a real good spell and we recently caught up with him to get a low down on his life.
How many do you have in training this year?
GER: Full yard of 90 stables, with dozen or so on the side-lines in Colin’s.
Last year was a great season for you but where you happy with it?
GER: It was but that next GR1 is proving a very hard nut to crack!
What horse are you most hyped up about this season?
GER: Psychedelic Funk seems to be recovering well & has grown a lot, I would hope he could develop into a Commonwealth type. I think I’ve a nice bunch of 3yr olds. (fingers crossed)
GER: I’ve a few I love but mainly Navan & Naas.
Your stable jockey Colin Keane is something special, what do you think?
GER: In hindsight, it looks obvious but I was taken with him from the moment I met him. I look forward to hanging onto his coat tails as he rises to the top! He epitomises everything I like in a jockey, dedication, patience & a phenomenal temperament.
What improvements in Irish racing would you like to see?
GER: I would like the program to return to the property of the industry & not the tracks. There are too many incidents of tracks not releasing races to other tracks that are preferable due to weather or such like. The Curragh’s redevelopment is a case in point.
Basically, if a track can’t fulfil its fixture on said date then the authorities should be able to run fixtures elsewhere immediately without apology.
Give us a horse to follow
GER: I’m not sure under the radar is fair but I’m looking forward to running INSAYSHABLE.
How do you unwind away from racing?
GER: I used to bike a fair bit but not so much now. I love my dogs & enjoy walking with them & I love watching sport on TV and when I get into a box set I don’t stop till Its finished