Oisin Orr to replace Ben Cohen on The Lir Jet after Sligo injury

Oisin Orr has been called up at the last minute to ride The Lir Jet in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes.

Ben Cohen had been booked to ride the Michael Bell-trained juvenile in the Group One contest, but he was injured in a fall at Sligo on Friday.

His mount Multamis and two other horses slipped up after the line in the Kevin Egan Cars Handicap, while Ideal Pal unseated his jockey on the bend.

Cohen suffered a broken collarbone and the card was abandoned due to safety concerns.

“Ben Coen sustained a fracture of his clavicle in the fourth race at Sligo today,” said Dr Jennifer Pugh, senior medical officer for the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board.

“He will be sidelined for a short period of time.

"All other riders are okay.”

The Lir Jet is due to meet regular rival Ventura Tormenta once again in Sunday's 6f race at the Curragh.

Qatar Racing's Royal Ascot winner had the Richard Hannon-trained colt six-and-a-half lengths behind in the Norfolk Stakes, but the score was levelled in last month's Prix Robert Papin.

Ventura Tormenta, bred by TV pundit Kevin Blake, was making his debut at the royal meeting and has quickly developed into a useful performer.

He battled on bravely to deny his rival by a short-head last time – and David Redvers, racing manager for The Lir Jet's owners, thinks it may be another tight affair.

"It's a big race for our horse and it looks competitive," he said.

"We are taking on Ventura Tormenta again and there isn't much between them.

"Oisin Orr will take the ride."

Molecomb winner Steel Bull, a recent private purchase by Classic-winning owner Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez, is among the ten runners.

The unbeaten sprinter is Betfair's 9/4 favourite, ahead of The Lir Jet on 7/2 and Ventura Tormenta at 5/1.

St Marks Basilica is 7/1 and the shortest price of Aidan O'Brien's three contenders.

He is the race's leading trainer with 16 winners overall.

Despite a partial lockdown in County Kildare, which begins at midnight on Friday, the meeting looks set to be given the green light.

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