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El Caballo sights set on super six-timer in Sandy Lane

El Caballo will try to extend his winning run to six and book his Commonwealth Cup slot in Haydock’s Cazoo Sandy Lane Stakes on Saturday.

An 11-strong field is set to go to post for the six-furlong Group Two and it is the Havana Gold colt that is disputing favouritism at 5-2 having seen the form of his Newcastle victory over Tiber Flow boosted in the Carnarvon Stakes at Newbury.

Karl Burke’s charge has not lost since finishing second to the now retired Armor on debut and his handler is keen to see how the three-year-old fares running at Group level for the first time.

“We’re looking forward to seeing him run, he’s in great form, we think he’s got a great draw and it should be a fast-run race.

“We will learn a lot and we will know where we’re going for the rest of the year afterwards. It looks a very competitive race and I would imagine the winner will be favourite for the Commonwealth Cup afterwards.

“Tiber Flow winning at Newbury was good to see and we ran a very good race after running with the choke out for a while at Newcastle, so I’m very happy with the horse and looking forward to seeing him run.

Clive Cox is double-handed in the race he won in 2017 with Harry Angel and saddles both Caturra and Wings Of War.

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Wings Of War, here winning the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury, is one of two in the Sandy Lane Stakes for Clive Cox (Steven Paston/PA)

The former is the mount of Adam Kirby and tuned-up for this trip to Merseyside by finishing second in the Prix Sigy at Chantilly on reappearance, while David Probert partners Wings Of War for the first time, with last year’s Mill Reef winner tried in cheekpieces following a lacklustre return at Ascot in the Pavilion Stakes.

The winner of that Group Three was David Loughnane’s Go Bears Go and the Kodi Bear colt is alongside El Caballo at the top of the market for this race.

The Shropshire-based trainer is hoping for a bold showing here that will set him up for perfectly for a return to Berkshire for Group One action at the Royal meeting.

He said: “He’s in very good order, he came out of his first run absolutely fine, 100 per cent. The plan is to head to Haydock and then go back to Ascot for the Commonwealth Cup.”

Another trainer set to saddle two is Hugo Palmer who relies on his pair of recent Chester scorers, Flaming Rib and Ever Given.

Palmer will be hoping the Merseyside track becomes a happy hunting ground having moved to Michael Owen’s Manor House stables and said: “Any rain that comes will help both of their chances. I was very pleased with their runs at Chester.

“Both are going to have to make the required step up to make their presence felt at this level, but that’s what trials are about.”

Ger Lyon’s unbeaten Beauty Inspire scooped Group Three honours at the Curragh last time and has to be respected on this trip across the Irish Sea, while another arriving in winning form is Mark and Charlie Johnston’s Tippy Toes, who made it three-in-a-row when winning at Chelmsford on reappearance.

Gis A Sub was a beaten favourite when returning at Musselburgh, but will appreciate the return to six furlongs with the field completed by Brian Meehan’s Vertiginous and Keith Dalgleish’s Edward Cornelius.

Kingmax to drop in distance at Royal Ascot

David Loughnane is planning to drop Kingmax back in trip following the three-year-old’s first attempt at tackling 10 furlongs in the Dante at York.

The Kingman colt headed into the recognised Derby trial on the back of a respectable fourth in the Craven and his handler thought the step up in trip would be the making of him.

However, Kingmax faded in the closing stages and could only finish fifth, beaten eight and a half lengths, behind Cazoo Derby favourite Desert Crown.

Loughnane now plans to drop the Amo Racing-owned colt back down to a maximum distance of a mile for his next outing, which will be at Royal Ascot.

“It was a good run. I was adamant going into the race that he would be a better horse over a mile and a quarter, but as horses often do, he proved me wrong,” said Loughnane.

“He just didn’t see out the trip, so we’ll go back down in trip now and head to Royal Ascot. He’ll have entries in the Jersey and the Britannia, he has an entry already in the St James’s Palace, but most likely he will be going to the Britannia or Jersey.”

Amo Racing have another fine prospect housed at Loughnane’s Helshaw Grange stables in the form of Queen Olly.

The two-year-old daughter of No Nay Never burst on to the scene with a taking victory at York and is as short as 6-1 with Skybet for the Albany Stakes at the Royal meeting, which will be her next outing.

“I’ve loved her since day one. I said the first day I sat on her when she came into the yard that she was a Royal Ascot filly and I genuinely believe she is,” continued Loughnane.

“She’s just franked that opinion even more for me with the performance at York. The race didn’t really go to suit early doors, she had to muscle her way out and she pulled well clear going to the line.

“She wouldn’t turn a hair after the race and it is all systems go for the Albany with her.”

The Irishman is operating at upwards of 25 per cent with his youngsters in the early part of the season and provided an update on some more of his two-year-old string, including Carmela, who caught the eye when fifth from a troubled passage in the Marygate Stakes on the Knavesmire.

He said: “Carmela got murdered coming out the gate, she got wiped out and Richard (Kingscote) had to sit and suffer and probably got stuck behind a couple of slow horses and the gaps just came pretty late.

“Richard’s not been too hard on her and she flew home and I’ve got no doubt she would have been well and truly involved with the first two home had she had a clear passage.

“We’ll probably look for one more race with her and aim to get her out in the next fortnight and if she goes and wins nicely, we’ve still got the Queen Mary in mind for her.

“Maxi King is a lovely horse, I feel he will be better over seven (furlongs). The only thing that got him beat at Nottingham was a lack of experience. The winner had a run under his belt and knew his job and was just a bit smarter away. I think he’ll be going close or winning next time, but we’ll go and win his maiden and see where he is from there.

“We have a great bunch of two-year-olds, both with Amo and with plenty of other great owners. Absolutelyflawless is two from two now after winning the Lily Agnes and she might head for the Hilary Needler or something like that and we’ve got a lovely team of horses to look forward to over the year.”

All eyes on Marygate Stakes packed with promise

Richard Hannon’s Miami Girl looks to book her ticket to Royal Ascot in a red-hot edition of York’s Knights Solicitors British EBF Marygate Fillies’ Stakes on Friday.

It would be no surprise to see many of these reoppose in either the Queen Mary or Albany Stakes later in the summer, but it is Hannon’s impressive Newmarket scorer that is chalked up as the general market leader for this five-furlong event.

The speedy daughter of Cotai Glory was a €62,000 purchase and showed she was worth every penny when bolting up by five and a half lengths on debut. Now her handler is keen to see how she gets on in Listed company.

“She’s a lovely filly, she’s been fine since she’s come home from Newmarket. She surprised me a little in the manner in which she won and this is the next logical step for her,” said Hannon.

“It was this or the National Stakes and we just thought we’d be best off sticking to fillies’ only, but it’s a good race, unusually so.”

Miami Girl is one of three in the race for owners Amo Racing, who are also represented by Alice Haynes’ Fix You and Darryll Holland’s Primrose Ridge, who put her experience to good use when scoring readily by seven lengths to get off the mark at Beverley.

Primrose Ridge will have the assistance of Frankie Dettori, but it is Thirsk scorer Fix You who is the shorter in the betting despite her handler suggesting the soft ground winner would prefer conditions a little slower.

Haynes said: “We were impressed with her first run and she has come on a lot from that. We would love it if there was a bit more dig in the ground, but all being well she will give a very good account of herself.”

Yarmouth winner Carmela created a taking impression at the seaside venue on debut and could be one to give the Amo trio most to think about. The form of that win has since been franked by the second Jungle Time and even though handler David Loughnane concedes this is a competitive heat, he says his filly is not on the Knavesmire for a day out.

“We’re very happy. She was very impressive at Yarmouth and the form has stood up well with the second coming out and winning,” said Loughnane.

“We couldn’t be happier with her, but it looks a very hot race – Richard Hannon’s horse was impressive at Newmarket. But we’re not going there to make up the numbers and even though it’s a hot race, Carmela is one of the hot fillies in it.

“If she’s progressed at all you would like to think she would be seriously involved at the business end.”

Jungle Time is one of three in the race for Karl Burke alongside Yahsat and Pillow Talk, and all three warrant the utmost respect for a team operating at just under 40 per cent with their youngsters.

However, one of the most interesting runners is Lost Angel, whose form ties in nicely with the aforementioned Spigot Lodge pairing.

Clive Cox’s daughter of Dark Angel was a place behind Yahsat when third at Newmarket on debut, but built on that outing to break the juvenile track record, along with runner-up Pillow Talk, when opening her account at Nottingham last month.

Clive Cox's Lost Angel winning at Nottingham
Clive Cox’s Lost Angel takes the step up to Listed level at York (PA)

Cox is another trainer with his two-year-olds firing on all cylinders and he said: “She’s earned the step up in class. It was a nice maiden that she started in at Newmarket and followed up well from that experience at Nottingham. I hope conditions remain dry for her on Friday.

“She’s very sharp, very fast and is built to be cracking on early. She’s improving and we’re very pleased with the results.”

With a total of 16 fillies going to post and 13 of them already registering victories at this early stage of the season, it promises to be an informative two-year-old contest.

Hello You coming back in trip after Guineas effort

David Loughnane is planning to drop Hello You back in trip after the filly failed to see out the mile in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

In her only previous try at the distance the daughter of Invincible Sprit finished a credible fifth behind winner Pizza Bianca in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, a race in which she was one place and just three-quarters adrift of subsequent Guineas heroine Cachet.

But having travelled keenly in the early stages, she faded in the closing furlong of the Rowley Mile Classic.

A Rockfel Stakes winner over seven furlongs and a Royal Ascot runner-up over six as a two-year-old, a return shorter could prove a wise call from her trainer.

He said: “She just didn’t stay, pure and simple. She was maybe a bit keen throughout the race, but she was one of the last horses off the bridle. She was everywhere I wanted her to be, the race opened up quite kindly for her and she came there travelling quite strongly, she just didn’t see out the final furlong.

“Rossa (Ryan) has not knocked her about and we’ll go back down in trip now over six and seven furlongs and just regroup and make another plan.

“It was very typical of the stallion Invincible Spirit, a lot of times they look like they want further, but realistically they are six- or seven-furlong horses more often than not.

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Trainer Dave Loughnane plans to drop Hello You back in trip (Mike Egerton/PA)

Loughnane suggested a six-furlong contest at York could be a possible summer target for the three-year-old, but what route they take to the Knavesmire is yet to be decided.

“The most obvious target for her would be the Summer Stakes at York at the beginning of July, which is fillies only over six furlongs, but it’s early to say and nothing is set in stone at the moment,” added Loughnane.

Absolutelyflawless maintains perfect record at Chester

David Loughnane is gaining a reputation as a very good trainer of juveniles and looks to have another decent type on his hands after Absolutelyflawless maintained her unbeaten record with a stylish display in the ICM Stellar Sports Lily Agnes Conditions Stakes at Chester.

Go Bears Go carried the flag for the Shropshire handler last year and having won at Southwell on her debut, Absolutelyflawless took a big step forward to beat some potentially smart fillies under Laura Pearson.

Sent off at 6-1, she was relatively slowly away but Pearson was content to sit off the hot early pace set by the odds-on favourite Star Of Lady M, who failed to handle the bend and carried most of the field into the centre of the track.

That left a a huge gap up the rail which Pearson gleefully accepted, coming home a length and a half clear of Ocean Cloud.

Loughnane said: “That was just what we wanted to see. We knew she’d be slowly away and Laura thought there’d be loads of pace on and she was right.

“She’s quite a smart filly, when the gap opened up she was going well enough to take it.

“I wasn’t sure about the ground but she’s a tough filly and obviously handled it.

“Today was the plan. We can have a think about Ascot and everything. A stiff five furlongs at Ascot, I wouldn’t be afraid of it.”

Gay Kelleway said of Ocean Cloud: “We were beaten by the ground, she wants it quick. She’ll still go to Ascot before she goes to America.”

Live In The Dream was on the mark again at Chester
Live In The Dream was on the mark again at Chester (Tim Goode/PA)

Epsom trainer Adam West has to weigh up the pros and cons of running a three-year-old against his elders in the Dash at Epsom having seen Live In The Dream make all in the Tote-sponsored five-furlong handicap.

Having won at Sandown 12 days ago, he was racing off a mark of 92 but Ryan Moore was able to grab the rail from stall two.

Moore sensibly waited until pressing the button and the 11-8 favourite went away to win by two and a quarter lengths from Nymphadora.

West said: “He was very game. I was concerned about going around a bend today as I wasn’t sure if he could hit top speed early enough, as his early pace is his strongest weapon.

“When he goes up in grade, I’d like to think we might have a little bit more to play with. I was losing sleep over the rain but we got away with it on fresh ground – a couple of races later and we might not have.

“Steve and Jolene (De’Lemos, owners) are keen to see him in the Dash. I’m not so keen to take on older horses with a three-year-old, but being on home turf and that being such a prestigious race as an Epsom trainer, we’ll see. His brother will go there (Live In The Moment) and I wouldn’t like to split them.”

Secret State (white cap) confirmed his debut promise
Secret State (white cap) confirmed his debut promise (Tim Goode/PA)

William Buick might have been out of luck in the feature race of the day when New London was well beaten in the Chester Vase, but he did manage to win the last two races.

Firstly, Secret State confirmed the potential he had shown on his debut when second in the Wood Ditton at Newmarket.

Sent off the 13-8 favourite, the son of Jacqueline Quest pulled almost four lengths clear of Honiton in the Edinburgh Gin Maiden Stakes.

Buick then needed all his strength to get Ffion up in the shadows of the post in the Stephen Wade Handicap.

Paws For Thought appeared to have slipped the field on his first start for Donald McCain but the 5-2 favourite was gaining with every stride and got home by a short head to provide Loughnane with a double.

Loughnane confident ‘rock solid’ Hello You can make Guineas impact

David Loughnane is delighted with the way Hello You and Kingmax fared in their latest assignments at the Craven Meeting and a return to Newmarket’s Rowley Mile is up next for the former, with a bold showing expected in the Qipco 1000 Guineas.

The daughter of Invincible Spirit is available at 40-1 for the first fillies’ Classic of the season following her third to Cachet in the Nell Gwyn Stakes, but her handler was delighted with the performance, stating that 1000 Guineas day is the only day that matters.

“She’s been rock solid. I made it very clear beforehand that you never really see a horse win both the Nell Gwyn and the 1000 Guineas and it is very much all about the 1000 Guineas for us and it was very much a prep run working towards that,” said Loughnane.

“She was only 85 percent fit going into the race. She will have come on plenty for the run and has come out of it very well and it is all systems go now for May 1.”

It will be the fifth time regular adversaries Hello You and Cachet have gone head-to-head, with George Boughey’s dual winner coming out on top most recently. Loughnane is full of respect for the daughter of Aclaim, but thinks John Gosden’s Inspiral could be the one the 1000 Guineas field will have to worry about.

“Cachet was impressive in the Nell Gwyn and we have plenty of respect for her and if it comes down to the two of them, let the best horse win. But I have no doubt John Gosden’s Inspiral will take plenty of beating,” he added.

Loughnane also saw his leading three-year-old colt, Kingmax, run with credit when finishing fourth behind Native Trail in the Craven Stakes.

Twice a runner-up at two when trained by Roger Varian, the Kingman colt made an immediate impression on his first start for the Shropshire-based handler when winning impressively at Kempton last month and could now be tried over further, with Loughnane believing that is where his future lies.

“He’s come out of the race really well, the handicapper has put him up 15lb after the run and he’s now rated 101,” said the trainer.

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Rossa Ryan aboard Kingmax ahead of the bet365 Craven Stakes (Tim Goode/PA)

“He’s a horse we’ve loved since day one and I was under no illusions we were going to beat Native Trail.

“I always felt he would be a better horse once we stepped him up to 10 furlongs and that’s very much the way he looked and the way he ran in the Craven. But look, it was an exceptional run and he has some nice entries coming up, so we’ve plenty of options.

“Personally, I would be leaning towards the Dante and see how we go, but I’ll sit down with the owners (Amo Racing) and consider all options.”

Loughnane has made a fine start to the 2022 season, especially in the juvenile ranks, where two of his first five two-year-old runners have found the scoresheet.

One of those is Carmela, a £37,000 yearling, who knew what the job entailed when making a winning debut at Yarmouth.

The trainer has high hopes for the daughter of Tasleet, who could have a date at Royal Ascot on the agenda later this season. She was just over two lengths clear of the opposition at the finish on her first appearance and could take a step into deeper waters next time.

“I’ve liked her from day one, I loved her from the moment I laid eyes on her in the parade ring at Doncaster Sales and she hasn’t put a foot out of place since,” said Loughnane.

“Her sire was a very tough sprinter and she looks to have taken after him. We’re very happy and hopefully there is more to come.

“There’s a long way to go before she is a Royal Ascot filly, but she certainly took a big step in that direction at Yarmouth. We’ll have a look at something else before then and the Marygate at York is the obvious choice, but nothing is set in stone just yet.”

Loughnane mapping out big-race targets for star juveniles

David Loughnane has plenty to look forward to in 2022 as his stable flagbearers Go Bears Go and Hello You are pencilled in for prestigious targets when the turf season arrives.

Both horses ended a successful 2021 at the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Del Mar, where Hello You was beaten just a length and three-quarters into fifth in the Juvenile Fillies Turf and Go Bears Go was a brilliant second when going down by half a length in the Juvenile Turf Sprint.

The latter has a return to the same meeting on his long-term agenda, with the fixture this year held at Keeneland.

Royal Ascot is pencilled in for the colt prior to his trip overseas, with the Commonwealth Cup the aim come June.

Hello You, who was victorious in the Group Two Rockfel Stakes last season, will begin her campaign in a Guineas trial and has, along with her stablemate, impressed Loughnane with her development over the winter.

Hello You won the Rockfel last year
Hello You won the Rockfel last year (Mike Egerton/PA)

“Hello You and Go Bears Go have both looked fantastic on their winter holidays, they’ve grown and strengthened loads and turned into what we hoped they would,” he said.

“We always felt they were going to be nicer three-year-olds and they certainly look like they’ve developed into that.

“They’re coming along really well and we’re really excited for the season ahead.

“They gave us a great times last year, some of our biggest and best days in racing so far and we feel there’s definitely more to come and that’s great for the team and for everyone involved.

“Hello You will be targeted at a Guineas trial and Go Bears Go, his long-term target will be the Commonwealth Cup and hopefully back to the Breeders’ Cup at the end of the year, so we’ll just map things out around those.”

Loughnane also provided an update on Quebec Stakes winner Dubai Warrior, who misses next month’s Winter Derby at Lingfield after suffering a setback.

“He had a setback after winning the Quebec, so he’s just having a bit of a rest at the moment,” he said.

“We’re hoping it’s not serious and just a slight setback, we’ll just see how he is.”

Hello You strikes in Rockfel Stakes

Hello You booked her ticket for the Breeders’ Cup with a smart victory in the Group Two Unibet Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket.

The Invincible Spirit filly had been thereabouts in a handful of Group races without success, but she finally enjoyed her moment in the spotlight for trainer David Loughnane and jockey Rossa Ryan.

She was settled on the heels of the leaders in the early stages, with George Boughey’s pair of Oscula and Cachet exchanging blows at the head of the field.

Oscula was the first to really set sail for home and she was in front with two furlongs to run, but Hello You was just getting rolling for Ryan – and she grabbed the initiative a furlong from home.

Hello You (7-1) galloped all the way to the line to win by a cosy length and a half, with Cachet just pipping her stablemate to second by half a length.

Jumbly was a fast-finishing fourth, while 9-4 favourite Majestic Glory was unplaced.

Coral cut Hello You to 16-1 from 33s for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, and she is a 12-1 chance for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf.

Hello You was having her third start for Loughnane, having previously been trained by Ralph Beckett, with the winning handler delighted to have the Amo Racing-owned filly in his team.

Hello You was a cosy winner of the Rockfel
Hello You was a cosy winner of the Rockfel (Mike Egerton/PA)

Loughnane said: “The Amo team have thought a lot of her from day one.

“She was very impressive on debut, and you couldn’t knock what she did at Royal Ascot. She’s been beaten twice now by what could be described as the best two-year-old filly in the country, in Sandrine.

“She’s strengthened up loads over the last month. She arrived with us from Mr Beckett’s in great order, and we’re very privileged and lucky to have a horse of her calibre in the yard.”

“I think she’d go on any ground. I said beforehand that she’s a Group horse and deserved a Group win beside her name – and I’m delighted she’s proved herself today.

“I know Kia (Joorabchian) is very keen to potentially have a crack at the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies Turf) in Del Mar in November. We’ve always felt she’ll be better over a mile and she’s just outstayed them today over the seven furlongs.

“I’m very grateful for the support the Amo team have given us. They’ve been a huge asset to the yard.”

Go Bears Go primed for Middle Park challenge

David Loughnane believes the break he gave Go Bears Go ahead of the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday has done him the world of good.

The Railway Stakes winner is one of 14 juveniles still in contention for the six-furlong Group One.

After the Railway, Go Bears Go headed back to Ireland for the Phoenix Stakes where he finished third, beaten a length by Ebro River with Dr Zempf in second, and the three are on course to meet again.

“We are exactly where we want to be, the ground looks like it’s going to be in great condition,” said Loughnane.

“We freshened him up and I think it’s done him the world of good, physically and mentally. He’s strengthened up loads and I couldn’t be happier.

“It’s a crucial time for two-year-olds. People might look and say ‘he’s only had four runs why does he need a break’, but he’s been on the go since last December for a breeze up.

“That’s a long time for a growing two-year-old to keep rocking and rolling and he’s done a lot of travelling, he went to Ireland twice in a short space of time.

“It’s all systems go.”

Wings Of War could turn out again quickly having won the Mill Reef on Saturday
Wings Of War could turn out again quickly having won the Mill Reef on Saturday (Steven Paston/PA)

As well as Ebro River, the other Group One winner set to line up is Richard Fahey’s Prix Morny hero Perfect Power.

Richard Hannon has two live chances in Armor, winner of the Molecomb, and Lusail, the Gimcrack scorer who disappointed in the Champagne Stakes on soft ground.

Alan King’s Asymmetric won the Richmond at Goodwood and was third in the Prix Morny, while Michael O’Callaghan has supplemented Twilight Jet, who has gone close in both the Gimcrack and Champagne on his last two outings.

Clive Cox has left in Saturday’s Mill Reef winner Wings Of War and Flying Childers winner Caturra while Aidan O’Brien has three possibles in Glounthaune, HMS Endeavour and New York City.

Loughnane sets sights on Phoenix target for Go Bears Go

Go Bears Go is set to return to Ireland for the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes following his impressive victory at the Curragh on Saturday.

A winner on his racecourse debut at Ascot in May, the Kodi Bear colt returned to the Berkshire circuit with plenty of confidence behind him at the Royal meeting a couple of weeks ago – and ran an excellent race to finish a head second to Perfect Power in the Norfolk Stakes.

Connections boldly stumped up the £10,000 supplementary fee and allowed him to turn out just nine days later for the Group Two Railway Stakes, a decision which was fully justified as Dave Loughnane’s stable star comfortably beat the Irish in their own back yard.

“We were obviously thrilled with the horse, especially after going so close at Royal Ascot,” said the Shropshire-based trainer.

“We went into Royal Ascot thinking we were good enough to win and walked away thinking we were good enough to win. Just on the day we were drawn on the wrong side, not taking anything away from the winner.

“The lad who rides him every day sat on him on Monday morning and said ‘God, he feels as good as he did before Ascot’. I had a sit on him on Tuesday morning and felt the same.

“It was Kia Joorabchian’s (owner) son Max, who is only 10 or 11 years old, who actually suggested supplementing him for the Railway. It probably wasn’t on our agenda as it was so soon after Royal Ascot, but once I’d sat on him Tuesday morning, we decided to give it a go.

“Royal Ascot clearly took nothing out of him – he’s got a great constitution and a great mind.

“We rolled the dice and we reaped the rewards, so it was brilliant – a huge day.”

Loughnane confirmed the Phoenix Stakes on August 8 is next on the agenda, adding: “We’ve got six weeks until the Phoenix and I think that’s where we’ll go.

“He’s had a busy 10 days now, so we’ll give him a quiet couple of weeks and then we’ve got three and a half to four weeks to get him ready for the Phoenix. That’s the most logical step, I think.

“I’ve not seen too many yet that I’d be afraid of and that is hopefully the plan.”

Go Bears Go (right) stretches clear at the Curragh
Go Bears Go (right) stretches clear at the Curragh (Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA)

With Go Bears Go having now proved his stamina over six furlongs, his proud trainer is not ruling out the possibility of the colt tackling even longer distances in the future.

He said: “I think he’d stay seven furlongs if we needed him to, but it’s not something we need to think about for now.

“He’s got so much boot and is so effective over five and six, we can stick to that for the time being. I think he would settle if we needed him to – he travels away so strongly and drops the bridle when you want him to, so I don’t see stepping up being a problem.

“It’s great to have a horse like him in the yard. It gives us an opportunity to show what we can do on the next level.”

Go Bears Go too strong for Railway rivals

Go Bears Go repaid the bold decision of his connections to supplement for the GAIN Railway Stakes with a striking success at the Curragh.

Narrowly beaten in last week’s Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot when drawn on the opposite side to winner Perfect Power, he handled the extra furlong with aplomb.

Just nine days after that effort, and with a journey to Ireland thrown in, Go Bears Go showed bright early speed before his jockey Rossa Ryan was content to take a lead off Frankie Dettori on The Acropolis.

With two furlongs to run there were only two jockeys not asking their mounts for everything, Ryan on the eventual winner and Chris Hayes on Fozzy Stack’s Castle Star, who had been dropped out last in the early stages.

While Castle Star was able to go by all his other rivals, he could not reel in Go Bears Go and his chance eventually evaporated when he began to drift to his right.

Go Bears Go (17-2) kept straight and true, though, and for his upwardly-mobile trainer David Loughnane – who broke his Ascot duck last week – it represented the biggest win of his fledgling career.

It was a similar sentiment for Ryan, who only returned on Friday after recovering from a broken collar bone and an appendicitis operation.

Betfair introduced the winner into their 2000 Guineas betting at 33-1.

Go Bears Go and Rossa Ryan score a notable success
Go Bears Go and Rossa Ryan score a notable success (PA Wire)

“He ran a super race in the Norfolk – he was just the wrong side. We were so positive that he’d stay six furlongs,” said Ryan.

“It was a big toss-up before Ascot between the Norfolk and the Coventry. Dave took a massive risk coming here a week later. We’re glad it’s paid off.

“He’s a top-class sprinter in the making I think. He’s got the best attitude being by Kodi Bear.

“A big up to Robson Aguiar (bloodstock agent) and his team, who did prep this lad for the breeze-ups, and they prep a good few of our yearlings. They did a fantastic job with him.

“To Dave Loughnane and all his team, they’ve been rock solid. I have the easy job of steering them and I can only say thanks to everybody.

“I had a hard month. Everybody at Oaksey House got me through it.

“I have to give a massive thanks to my boss Kia (Joorabchian) and everyone at Amo Racing because they had the faith in me to get back on these on such a big weekend and do it.”

Loughnane said: “Fair play to the team at Amo Racing. It was actually Kia’s son Max who put this race forward so close after Ascot, so fair play to the team for supplementing him.

“We walked away from Ascot thinking we were the best horse in the race and were unlucky not to win.

“We’ve come into what was probably the best two-year-old race of the year so far and we’ve put them to the sword and put them to bed.

“We thought he was the best going to Ascot and we thought he was the best going into today and he’s proved that.

“It’s huge for us, especially myself and Rossa coming back to our homeland. It’s the biggest day of my career.”

Go Bears Go could make swift return with trip to the Curragh this weekend

David Loughnane is considering supplementing narrow Norfolk Stakes runner-up Go Bears Go for Saturday’s GAIN Railway Stakes at the Curragh.

An impressive winner on his debut at Ascot, the Kodi Bear colt returned to the Berkshire venue for the Royal meeting last week.

Racing on the opposite side of the track from the eventual winner Perfect Power he was beaten just a neck – and could attempt to gain swift compensation.

It would have been a rapid Royal double for Loughnane who opened his account for the meeting in Wednesday’s final race with Lola Showgirl, with Go Bears Go running in the opening contest on Thursday.

“It was very frustrating but we couldn’t be disappointed with him, I think if we were drawn on the near side he might have won,” said Loughnane.

“He just does what he has to do. We’re talking nothing away from the winner whatsoever, but we know we’ve got plenty more up our sleeve and I think we’ve a lot to look forward to.

“We could potentially supplement him for the Railway Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday, we’ll decide tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

“The thinking is maybe go there on Saturday and then go back for the Phoenix Stakes on August 8 with a view of then going for the Prix Morny with the Gimcrack also on the table.

“We’ve always thought the world of him and he’s gone and proved that to us again.”

Loughnane could also be heading to Ireland with Lola Showgirl, who won the Kensington Palace Stakes, beating stablemate Ffion.

“Lola Showgirl, if all goes to plan, we’ll target the Galway Festival with her,” he said.

“We’ve not made a plan for Ffion, we’ll see what the handicapper does to both of them. I think both will have another handicap next, then then we’ll look for black type later in the year.”

Moment to remember for Laura Pearson at Royal Ascot with Lola Showgirl

Laura Pearson marked the inaugural running of the Kensington Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot by leading home a memorable one-two for trainer David Loughnane on Lola Showgirl.

Pearson, still a 5lb claimer as she continues her rise to prominence as one of the emerging stars of the weighing room, is just the fourth female jockey to win at the meeting – and the first to do so as an apprentice.

She had Lola Showgirl perfectly positioned and stretched clear into the straight – where it soon became apparent that only her stablemate Ffion, ridden by Richard Kingscote, was close enough to mount a meaningful challenge.

But Pearson and her willing partner had matters under control, staying on with great determination as the 12-1 winners by three-quarters of a length – for not only her first Royal Ascot success but Shropshire trainer Loughnane’s too, in the new handicap for fillies and mares.

Pearson has ridden at Ascot a few times previously, but was making her debut at the showpiece meeting.

The 20-year-old said: “I don’t even know what to say. It’s just incredible. I knew she had a chance and was a strong contestant for my first Royal Ascot ride.

“I took a break at the end of the all-weather season to protect my 5lb claim for the turf campaign and it’s paid off.

“I had an absolutely lovely run, she bowled out, she’s been running over seven (furlongs) but Mr Loughnane said she’d want every stride of the mile.

“She bowled out, got into a lovely rhythm and just kept plugging on for me.”

She added: “That was my first Royal Ascot ride. I’ve ridden at Ascot about three or four times before this.”

“Hollie (Doyle) helps me so much, as well as Hayley (Turner), I can’t thank them enough for the amount of times they’ve given me a hand and it’s paid off.

“It’s just unimaginable, honestly, I dreamt of it but I never thought it would happen.”

Loughnane said: “Some kids dream of being footballers, singers and superheroes – this is my dream. To be living it is very surreal so quickly in my career. Myself and (wife) Sarah are so grateful to our families, our owners, our staff. It might take a while to sink in, this.

“It was a case of who do you cheer for, and I think the chant became ‘come on, girls!’. I’d be lying if I said we didn’t fancy them both coming in today. I couldn’t split them. Ffion probably has more ability while Lola Showgirl, as she showed today, is just so tough. She loves a fight.”

“I’m delighted for the owners, delighted for the staff and it’s one that will live long in the memory.”

He went on: “I’ve been a fan of Laura for a long time. I’d seen her riding when she went up to David Evans as an apprentice. I was impressed by her then and we’ve tried just to support her as much as we could since, and she’s rewarded that support tenfold.

“She’s as cool as a breeze – whether she’s from off the pace or is in the front, she’s got her sectionals to the second. Her first ride at Royal Ascot…that’s a hell of a ride. She’s repaid our faith in her and I couldn’t be happier for her and everyone else involved.”

Royal Ascot beckons for Go Bears Go

David Loughnane is likely to keep his powder dry with Go Bears Go and wait until Royal Ascot to run him again.

The Kodi Bear two-year-old was an impressive winning debutant at Ascot on Saturday, justifying his jump in price from £50,000 as a yearling to 150,000 guineas at the Craven Breeze-Up Sale.

Having broken smartly, Go Bears Go was too professional for his rivals over five furlongs – and Loughnane now needs to decide whether to keep him at that trip next month in the Norfolk or move up to six in the Coventry.

“I don’t know yet if he’ll run again, but my initial thought was to go straight to the Royal meeting,” said the Shropshire trainer.

“If he started kicking the door down in the next week then there is the Listed National Stakes at Sandown later this month he could go for. But in my head I’m thinking we’ll go straight there.

“I think he’s going to be a better horse over six furlongs, but we’ll put him in both races at Royal Ascot and see where we are.

“We weren’t heading to Ascot for a day out – we went thinking we had the best horse in the race, but the only question mark was whether he’d go on the softer ground, so it’s nice he handled it.

“We’ve 22 two-year-olds in, and at the moment he’s top of the pile, but we’ve four or five not that far behind him. We took them for a racecourse gallop earlier in the month, and there’d be a few pretty close to him. We’ve got a nice bunch this year.”

Caroline Dale finished third in the Queen Mary last year for Loughnane at 100-1, and proved it was no fluke when third to stablemate Santosha in the Princess Margaret back at Ascot.

“Caroline is back with us, but Santosha stayed with her owner back in Ireland,” said Loughnane.

“Caroline did have a small setback but is back cantering away. There’s a Listed race at Haydock at the end of the month, and we’ll pencil that in at the moment.

“After that we’re looking at the five-furlong handicap at Royal Ascot (Palace of Holyroodhouse).”

Fizzy Feet not for catching at Lingfield

A return to Lingfield for next month’s Kachy Stakes is on the agenda for Fizzy Feet after securing her fifth course victory on Friday.

David Loughnane’s speedy mare carries the colours of owner David Lowe, whose Kachy produced several front-running victories at Lingfield before tragically suffering a fatal injury at the track last February.

While Fizzy Feet has some way to go to match his achievements, she produced a performance reminiscent of the former all-weather sprinting star in the Betway Handicap – and is now bound for a Listed contest named in his honour in just over a fortnight’s time.

A 5-1 outsider following a disappointing effort on her latest appearance at Lingfield, the daughter of Footstepsinthesand was soon bowling along in the lead under Rossa Ryan and had her rivals in serious trouble rounding the home turn.

Fizzy Feet found another gear to put clear daylight between herself and the field early in the straight and passed the post with three-quarters of a length in hand of Brian The Snail.

Loughnane said: “She dynamite round there – she loves any all-weather track with tight bends, to be fair.

“She’s only improved age and has won now at two, three, four and five. She’s stepped up in grade nicely every time.

“We were pretty confident today. The last day she ran in Wolverhampton she just took a false step and her chance was scuppered from there, and when she ran in the Listed race at Lingfield the race just wasn’t run to suit.”

Confirming her next objective, he added: “We’ll have a crack at the Kachy Stakes on February 6.

“The furlong off the bend there, she’s done it in 10.61 seconds – I don’t know if Kachy ever broke that sort of time over a furlong.

“She’s got plenty of gears and I thought it was an impressive performance under a top-quality ride from Rossa.”

Buy Me Back (right) in action at Lingfield
Buy Me Back (right) in action at Lingfield (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Mark Loughnane – no relation to David – landed the following Play 4 To Score At Betway Handicap with 16-5 shot Buy Me Back.

David Probert’s mount got the better of Indian Pursuit by a length after a five-furlong dash – and Probert went on to complete a double aboard the William Jarvis-trained newcomer Duke Of Verona (33-1) in the Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Novice Stakes.

Not many meetings pass without Hollie Doyle booting home a winner these days, and she struck gold once more aboard the Simon Hodgson-trained Mr Mac (11-4 favourite) in the Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap.

Yorkshire raiders Fred (11-2) and Society Red (16-1), trained by Mark Johnston and Richard Fahey respectively, were also among the winners.