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Sioux Nation speeds to Lacken Stakes triumph at Naas

Sioux Nation (left) winning the Phoenix Stakes last season (PA)

Sioux Nation returned to his best when defying a Group One penalty in the Goffs Lacken Stakes at Naas.

Winner of last season’s Phoenix Stakes, the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt displayed his class as he dismissed the opposition in this Group Three contest.

Sioux Nation (15-8 favourite) showed he had come on for his run at Navan last month on his first start for 204 days with a dominant performance, to score by a length and a quarter from stable companion Fleet Review in the hands of Ryan Moore.

Victory provided Moore and O’Brien with a treble after scoring with Broadway and Sergei Prokofiev earlier on the card.

Sioux Nation won the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2017 and could return there next month for the Commonwealth Cup or the King’s Stand Stakes.

O’Brien said: “We came here to find out if it was five or six furlongs at Ascot.

“Seamus (Heffernan on Fleet Review) let his lad roll along to make it a good, strong six because we always felt he had a lot of speed and wanted to know whether we would go for the King’s Stand or the Commonwealth Cup.

“Ryan said he has all the speed in the world and he would have no problem going back to five, but maybe let him take on the three-year-olds this year (Commonwealth Cup). He also said he would be looking forward to the Nunthorpe.

‘He’s a great traveller and he quickens. It couldn’t be fast enough for him. Fast ground and fast horse – that is usually the way.”

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