Phoenix Open was claimed following his win in the View Restaurant Special Claiming Race at Dundalk today as the Ger Lyons trained, Colin Keane ridden gelding is now set to join trainer Shane Duffy.
The son of Scat Daddy had previously met interference in-running when finishing third at the venue in November but today, from a wide draw in 12, had a trouble-free passage as he quickened away from his rivals in the closing stages for a two and three parts of a length win over Sayesse
Following the race Lyons' brother and assistant Shane Lyons said “he deserved to win that and was well-in at the ratings. He could be value for somebody if he’s claimed.
“He’s a nice scopey horse and good value going forward for what he is.
“He’s a horse that could do both codes and be a nice summer horse. He likes this track too and should have nearly won the last day.”
There were 16 claims lodged for Phoenix Open, who was later claimed for E15,000 by owner John Keogh to be trained by Shane Duffy while fourth-placed Rag Tatter was claimed for E3,000 by James McAuley to be trained by Denis Hogan.