Qatar Racing and long-standing trainer Ger Lyons have announced that they have parted company.
Lyons delivered the Qatari owners with their first ever winner, under the Pearl Bloodstock banner, when Wade Giles was victorious at Naas in July 2010.
The County Meath trainer was also responsible for their first ever Group 1 success when Lightening Pearl took the 2011 Cheveley Park Stakes.
Qatar Racing’s representative, David Redvers, commented:
“It is with some regret that due to a difference of opinion Qatar Racing and Ger Lyons have decided by mutual consent to part.
“Ger is a personal friend and his operation were responsible for many great days, including Lightening Pearl winning both his and our first Group 1 in the 2011 Cheveley Park Stakes.
“We wish him and his top-class team at Glenburnie much success in the future and thank them for the many successes we enjoyed together.”
Johnny Murtagh and Joseph O’Brien train for Qatar Racing and are expected to be the recipients of the relocated Lyons’ horses, following what appears to have been a disagreement.
Lyons announced in his blog: “It is with regret that I have to announce I will no longer be training for Qatar Racing as from yesterday [Monday]. We have had some good times and I was delighted to have trained Sheikh Fahad’s first winner with Wade Giles.
“Another fantastic day was when we won the Cheveley Park Stakes with Lightening Pearl giving us both our first Group 1 win.
“Time waits for no man and last Monday was another great thrill when we won the Group 3 Athasi Stakes at Naas with Lightening Pearl’s daughter Lightening Quick, making her a very valuable broodmare prospect.
“I wish her, Sheikh Fahad and all the Qatar Racing team all the very best in the future and thank them for their fantastic support over the years.”