'He's up with the best 2yos we have' - Beauty Inspire adds another stakes success for Mehmas
Mehmas remains unstoppable. A day after Caturra won the Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury, it was the turn of another 2yo son, Beauty Inspire, to shine on Saturday with a game success in the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh.
The Ger Lyons-trained colt had made an excellent impression when winning his debut at the Curragh last month and was sent off the 1/2 favourite on Saturday to keep his unbeaten record intact. Always travelling well in the hands of Colin Keane, he was asked to challenge on the far side and answered every call to repel Andreas Vesalius for a cosy win.
"He wasn't as visually impressive as his debut but that was only a maiden and it looks like he hasn't learned a lot," said Shane Lyons. "He was very keen today and probably disappointed himself a little bit because Colin said he's a horse that can't hit the front too soon. He's still a baby and probably got disappointed but he did fight for Colin after.
"He's a Christian at home and is obviously a very good horse. Like we did until today, we'll take him home and let him tell us when he's ready again. It could be the Phoenix Stakes or the Middle Park eventually. He has entries at York as well. We think he'll come on an awful lot for today, it's only his second start and no matter how good or bad you are it's a tough ask to come out and do that. Colin said he loved the ground. He's up there with the best juveniles we have."
Beauty Inspire was bred by Michael O'Mahony out of the winning Zamindar mare Darwell and was purchased by Tally-Ho Stud for £25,000 as a Tattersalls Ireland September yearling. He races for the Beauty Stable Partnership.
Remarkably, he is Mehmas' third 2yo stakes winner in the past ten days following Lusail's victory in the Group 2 July Stakes at Newmarket and Caturra's win in the Listed Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury.
Beauty Inspire is his sire's 14th stakes winner overall.
After ending 2020 as Europe's record-breaking leading first-crop sire, Mehmas currently reigns as Europe's top second-crop sire. He is also the year's leading two-year-old sire thanks to 20 winners who have earned close to £280,000 between them.