Apricot Twist © Patrick McCann/Racing Post Photos

Apricot Twist a new rising star

Expert Eye's Apricot Twist more than justified her starting price favouritism to join the TDN 'Rising Star' ranks at Naas yesterday.

Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 21st July 2022:

The first 'Rising Star' by her first-season sire, the Ger Lyons-trained filly tracked the pace far side under Colin Keane in the near-six-furlong contest before being allowed to stride to the front over two furlongs from home. Clear soon after, the daughter of the Listed Ruby Stakes scorer Erysimum was eased down late to inflict a seven and a half-length defeat on Mount Ruapehu, with Magnanimous Mehmus one and a quarter lengths away in third.

"She's a lovely filly and I've liked her from day one," Lyons said. "We have literally given her six weeks cantering and haven't worked her. She is after blossoming and I said we'd run her here and if she wins she wins, not expecting her to do that. I think the boys bought two Expert Eye's for the farm this year and both of them have won. We'll let her progress and no doubt it will be blacktype. She's not entered in any early closing races. The rules with Juddmonte horses are they have to earn the right, but they won't be afraid to supplement if needed. She'll get a bit further, but we don't need to do anything with the trip at the moment."