Horse racing Aidan O'Brien

Sioux Nation on Ascot Warpath

2 years ago

As predicted last week at Betting.Net, Aidan O’Brien (pictured above) has another proper sprinter to go to war with this season in the shape of Sioux Nation who showed himself to be ready to take on the big guns when powering to victory in the Group 3 Goffs Lacken Stakes at Naas on Sunday.

The son of star US sprint sire Scat Daddy had been in need of the run when only fourth on his seasonal reappearance at Navan last month, but after resisting the temptation to run his three-year-old at both York and Newbury last week, Ryan Moore’s mount was given his chance at Naas.

Despite drifting in the betting in the minutes before the off to 15/8f, he never looked in danger in the six furlong contest as he headed stable companion Fleet Review (5/2) at the furlong marker before pulling away to win by an easy length-and-a-quarter, with Joseph O’Brien’s Speak In Colours (7/2) a further neck away in third.

Sioux Nation, who landed the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh last August, will now return to Royal Ascot, the scene of his Group 2 Norfolk Stakes victory last year. His target hasn’t yet been confirmed though with the choice being the five furlong Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes (33/1 with Boylesports) against older horses, or the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup (8/1 with SkyBet), which is restricted to three-year-olds only.

“We came here to find out if it was five or six furlongs at Ascot,” O’Brien told At The Races. “Ryan said he has all the speed in the world and he would have no problem going back to five, but maybe let him take on the three-year-olds this year [ in the Commonwealth Cup]. He also said he would be looking forward to the Nunthorpe [Stakes at York in August].”

O’Brien went on to compare his Naas winner to last season’s sprint star Caravaggio who also won for the Ballydoyle team at Royal Ascot as a two-year-old before returning to win the Commonwealth Cup 12 months later.

Paul Alster

Written by Paul Alster

Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.