The training career of former jump jockey Ger Lyons goes from strength to strength.
He has been training successfully for more than 20 years with the inspiration and perspiration put in at Glenburnie Stables in Dunsany, Co. Meath, paying off handsomely in recent times.
Lyons will not forget 2020 in a hurry. Siskin provided him with a first Classic success when landing the Irish 2000 Guineas and then, soon after, Even So glided home in the Irish Oaks for him. Both were ridden by Colin Keane, who he has helped make champion jockey in Ireland.
His first Group 1 winner had been Lightening Peal in the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in 2011.
Glory in the QIPCO British Champions has eluded him but he’s had several near-misses, including when Siskin was third in the 2020 Qatar Sussex Stakes. The colt was retired at the end of the year.
As a youngster, Lyons lived opposite the late Peter McCreery in Clane, Co. Kildare, and worked for him at every opportunity throughout his school years. At the age of 20, he headed to America and top trainer Carl Nafzger offered him a job as a work rider.
When Lyons became too heavy to continue in that sphere, he returned to Britain and became a jump jockey but his career was cut short by injury.