Masen © Patrick McCann/Racing Post Photos

Progressive Masen a 'proper horse in the making'

Kingman three-year-old Masen posted an impressive victory in the Listed Knockaire Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.

Taken from the Racing Post, 25th October 2021, by Justin O'Hanlon

The progression of the Masen has the Lyons brothers excited about next year following his high-quality performance to land the Listed Knockaire Stakes. The 2-1 favourite made all and showed an impressive turn of foot to shoot clear of his rivals early in the straight and was not for catching as he beat Njord by two and a quarter lengths.

The fact Njord was not beaten far by Baaeed and Palace Pier in last weekend's Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes gives an idea of the upwards direction Masen is heading as he made it a third career triumph from six starts.

Ger Lyons brother and assistant Shane said: "He's still a work in progress and we're really looking forward to him having a nice winter where he can mature mentally. If he winters well, and there's no reason why he shouldn't, we think he'll be a very good horse.

"We think the world of him. Every race that he's run, he's shown a bit of class and he's improved with every race. We're really looking forward to next year and he's a proper horse in the making."