French adventure planned for The Lir Jet

08 July 2020 02:36:17 GMTPlus10

A trip to France awaits exciting Royal Ascot juvenile scorer The Lir Jet with trainer Michael Bell targeting the Prix Robert Papin.

The talented colt made a successful debut for Bell at Yarmouth last month when owned by his son Nick then raced for Qatar Racing for the first time when successful in the Norfolk Stakes at the royal meeting.

The son of Prince Of Lir defeated US raider Golden Pal in a thrilling finish under Oisin Murphy and now heads to Chantilly for the Group 2 event on July 19.

David Redvers, racing manager to Qatar Racing, said: "I saw The Lir Jet at home last week and he was so fresh and well that the trainer thought he could need another race before the Prix Morny.

"The Robert Papin looks a nice fit and he doesn't have to carry a Group 2 penalty for some reason, which is a bonus. Hopefully it will then be onwards to the Morny."

The last six winners of the Prix Robert Papin have been trained in Britain with Richard Hannon, Clive Cox, Karl Burke, John Quinn and Simon Crisford enjoying success in the race since 2014.

Last year's running went the way of A'ali, who bounced back to form when winning the Coral Charge on the Eclipse undercard at Sandown on Sunday.

Of those six recent British-trained winners of the Prix Robert Papin, just the Burke-trained Unfortunately went on to land the Prix Morny three years ago - a race Bell landed with classy filly Pretty Pollyanna the following year.

The Lir Jet is also tipped for some significant outings on these shores, with him 21.00 for the Nunthorpe Stakes and looking ahead to next year, 41.00 to win the 2000 Guineas.

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