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Loughnane looking forward to 2022 with juvenile stars

David Loughnane is excited about next year for Go Bears Go and Hello You after they ended their juvenile campaigns with excellent performances at the Breeders’ Cup.

Go Bears Go was a fast-finishing half-length runner-up to Twilight Gleaming in the Juvenile Turf Sprint at Del Mar, while Hello You just faded in the last half-furlong when fifth to Pizza Bianca in the Juvenile Fillies’ Turf.

Both horses were Group Two winners in 2021 with Go Bears Go taking the Railway Stakes at the Curragh and Hello You the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket.

“It was a great experience and both ran great races. I couldn’t be happier with them,” said the Shropshire handler.

As for next year, Loughnane plans to aim Go Bears Go at the Commonwealth Cup and Hello You will begin in a Classic trial.

“I thought going into it five might be a bit sharp for him over there. He missed the break by a millisecond which he’s never done before,” he said.

“I don’t know whether it was the stalls are wider over there or having a stalls handler in the gate with him that just took his mind off the job for half a second.

“Had he jumped, he’d have won. In four more strides he’d have won, but I couldn’t be any prouder of the horse. He ran an absolute belter of a race and it capped off a fantastic year for him.

“Five to six furlongs will be his trip over here next year. I suppose the most logical option would be something along the lines of the Commonwealth Cup.

“We’ll see how it goes. He thrived off the whole travelling. There are loads of options, including Dubai at the end of February. He’ll go for a nice holiday now and then we’ll take it one step at a time. We’ll see how he is come January and then we’ll make a plan from there.”

Loughnane felt the long trip to California took its toll on Hello You, but has no concerns about her staying a mile next season.

“The journey over there probably took a bit more out of her. She jumped, she travelled, she got a lovely run through the race,” he went on.

“She travelled like a dream and turning for home, I thought how far does she win, then when Johnny (Velazquez) asked her she just didn’t go though with it completely. She pulled up a tired horse. It took a lot out of her. She was only beaten a length and a half in a Grade One over there when she wasn’t at her best.

“I have no doubt on her day she was probably the best horse in the race. She’ll go for a holiday as well now and we’ll come back and try for a Guineas trial with her.

“I have no concerns about her getting the mile. I said whatever she did this year was only going to be a bonus to what she does next year.”

Twilight Gleaming denies Go Bears Go in Juvenile Turf Sprint

Go Bears Go ran a huge race in second as Twilight Gleaming made all for Wesley Ward in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Del Mar.

Second in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot to Quick Suzy – who was due to run in California, but missed out when spiking a temperature at the start of the week – Twilight Gleaming shot from the stalls under Irad Ortiz Jr.

One Timer kept her company for some of the way, and the Michael O’Callaghan-trained Twilight Jet was close on their heels.

But as the winner powered on, David Loughnane’s Railway Stakes victor Go Bears Go made relentless progress under John Velazquez and was closing all the way – just finding the line coming a few strides too soon.

Hugo Palmer’s Hierarchy was another European raider to come home well, in the hands of Oisin Murphy.

Twilight Gleaming’s stablemate Kaufymaker was third, but Ward’s favourite Averly Jane could never really get on terms.

Ward – winning the race for the third year in a row – said: “I’m lucky to train so many fast horses this year. But there are some really good prospects coming through for next year. When you have the athletes on your side it makes everything so special.

“I will see how she progresses and I imagine either the King’s Stand or the Commonwealth Cup will be on her agenda next season.

“We start them early, and moving forward I knew she was fast. She won at Belmont on the grass and finished second in the Queen Mary. Then we knew we had something special.

“When she won in France (after Royal Ascot) we brought her back a gave her a good break. When she came back into training she got better and better.”

John Velazquez with connections of Go Bears Go
John Velazquez with connections of Go Bears Go (PA)

A proud Loughnane said of Go Bears Go: “He’s a superstar and has taken me to new heights. He’s a life-changing horse.

“I thought the distance might be too sharp, but that wasn’t it. He just missed a stride at the gate and Johnny thought it cost him the race. He’s never done that before, but on this stage you can’t get away with it.

“Out here the races are won in the first furlong, whereas we go quickest in the last.”

Go Bears Go heading for red-hot Dewhurst assignment

Go Bears Go will bid to make it third time lucky at Group One level in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

Since making a successful start to his career at Ascot in early May, Dave Loughnane’s star colt has finished second in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, won the Railway Stakes, finished third in the Phoenix Stakes and most recently placed fourth in the Middle Park.

On his last two starts Go Bears Go has been beaten only a length, and his trainer feels he merits a place in a race that traditionally crowns the year’s champion juvenile.

Loughnane said: “The plan is very much to run in the Dewhurst on Saturday.

“Obviously Native Trail looks like he’ll be very hard to beat and Ger Lyons’ horse that has been supplemented (Straight Answer) looks very good as well, but you’ve got to take these chances and can’t run from a fight.

“He’s came out of the Middle Park in great order, so fingers crossed he can run a big race.”

Dave Loughnane still has high hopes for Go Bears Go
Dave Loughnane still has high hopes for Go Bears Go (Mike Egerton/PA)

Go Bears Go will be stepping up to seven furlongs for the first time on his return to the Rowley Mile, but Loughnane insists he has no worries about his stamina.

He added: “The trip is not a concern whatsoever – we came away from the Middle Park thinking he wanted further.

“We always new he’d want seven furlongs at some stage and it was just a question of whether it would be this year or next. He’s definitely ready for it now.

“He’s not done anything wrong for us and deserves to be in these type of races, so we’re going to roll the dice and see what happens.”

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.

Go Bears Go to wait for Middle Park at Newmarket

Go Bears Go will sidestep Sunday’s Prix Morny and head straight for next month’s Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

An impressive winner on his racecourse debut at Ascot in May, the Kodi Bear colt returned to the Berkshire circuit for a tilt at the Norfolk Stakes at the Royal meeting, where he was narrowly denied by Perfect Power.

Go Bears Go then travelled to Ireland to claim Group Two honours in the Railway Stakes and only narrowly missed out on a big-race double at the Curragh when beaten a length into third place in the Group One Phoenix Stakes earlier this month.

Loughnane was initially left considering a quick return to action in either the Gimcrack at York or the Prix Morny at Deauville, but has now decided to keep his powder dry for the Middle Park on September 25.

He said: “He’s not going to France. We’re going to give him a bit of a freshen up and target the Middle Park.

“He’s ready for a bit of a freshen up. He’s only run four times, but he’s on the go a while.

“We’ll give him a bit of time now and get him ready for Newmarket.”

Morny and Gimcrack options open for Go Bears Go

Go Bears Go is likely to contest either the Prix Morny or the Gimcrack Stakes on his next appearance following his narrow defeat at the Curragh on Sunday.

Successful on his Ascot debut in early May, the Kodi Bear colt was beaten a head in the Norfolk Stakes at the Royal meeting before going one better in the Group Two Railway Stakes at the Curragh in June.

Go Bears Go was favourite to successfully graduate to Group One level over the same course and distance in Sunday’s Keeneland Phoenix Stakes, but had to make do with minor honours in third behind fellow British raider Ebro River.

While proud of his stable star’s effort, trainer Dave Loughnane feels a number of factors meant he was not at his very best.

He said: “He’s done nothing wrong and lost nothing in defeat.

“I think we learnt a number of things on the day. Firstly, six weeks is just too long for him between his runs – he seems to appreciate a bit more racing.

“Secondly, we had slight concerns about the ground. He won on soft ground first time out, but he’s just a better horse on a quick surface.

“He was also drawn out on a wing on his own a little bit and was kind of in no man’s land for part of the race. I think having a bit of cover might have just benefited us a bit more.

“At the end of the day he was beaten a length on his first start in a Group One, so you couldn’t be disappointed.”

David Loughnane has not lost any faith in Go Bears Go
David Loughnane has not lost any faith in Go Bears Go (George Selwyn/PA)

Ground conditions will dictate whether Go Bears Go heads to France for his next start or lines up at York’s Ebor meeting.

“He’s a Group One horse, whether he won yesterday or not. Yesterday wasn’t our day, but I have no doubt in my mind we’ll be winning a Group One very soon with him,” Loughnane added.

“We have a couple of options. There’s the Prix Morny at Deauville in a couple of weeks’ time, and the Gimcrack in York is also an option.

“He’d have a 3lb penalty in the Gimcrack, with it being a Group Two, but that wouldn’t bother us. It will all depend on where the quicker ground is.

“The ground looked pretty soft in Deauville yesterday, but the weather does look pretty good between now and the Morny. You never know in France as they do seem to water the tracks a lot and we’re not going to go there unless it’s quick ground.”

All systems go for Bears and Loughnane at the Curragh

David Loughnane’s Go Bears Go returns to the Curragh on Sunday for a shot at Group One glory in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes.

The Kodi Bear colt was a winner on his last visit to Ireland, taking the Group Two Railway Stakes at the same track at the end of June.

A prior run in Royal Ascot’s Norfolk Stakes ended in a narrow defeat to Perfect Power and was the bay’s only loss to date after he won his maiden in May.

That victory came on soft ground, an experience that may prove to be valuable as rain has already softened the Curragh turf and more is forecast to fall.

“With the weather forecast the ground is probably going to be a bit softer than we would like it to be, but he has won on soft ground previously so provided he turns up and gets out of bed on the right side, I think he should take all the beating,” Loughnane said.

Go Bears Go ridden by jockey Rossa Ryan (right) winning the Gain Railway Stakes
Go Bears Go ridden by jockey Rossa Ryan (right) winning the Gain Railway Stakes (Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA)

“On paper we certainly look the one to beat, but there’s every chance something else in the race could have taken a big step forward since the Railway.

“We’ve probably beaten all of the main market rivals already in the Railway Stakes – he’s a Group One horse, whether he wins on Sunday or not.

“He’s been an absolute pleasure to train, he’s got an exceptional mind.

“We’re going there confident, but we’re well aware Group Ones are not easily won.”

Go Bears Go came home a length and a quarter ahead of Castle Star in the Railway Stakes, and the two colts cross paths again this weekend.

Trainer Fozzy Stack reports the latter horse to be in good form and will welcome the recent rainfall.

“Hopefully he’s all systems go for Sunday,” Stack said.

“He’d be fine on it (good ground), but he obviously handled slower ground and it might upset one or two of the others, so I wouldn’t mind a drop of rain.”

Castle Star winning the Marble Hill Stakes
Castle Star winning the Marble Hill Stakes (Brian Lawless/PA)

Castle Star was perhaps the slowest out of the stalls in the Railway and lost several lengths on Go Bears Go, but Stack is still expecting his runner to have to be on top form to reverse the result.

“He did lose a few lengths and he was slow away,” he said.

“He’d still have to be on his A-game to get past him.”

Hugo Palmer is represented by Ebro River, who was beaten just three-quarters of a length in the Group Two Richmond Stakes at Goodwood.

Fourth on that occasion and fourth in the July Stakes the time before, the two-year-old should appreciate the ease in the going as he looks for a first Group-race triumph.

“He hasn’t done a lot wrong all year,” Palmer said.

“He’s consistently running well and soft ground is important to him, so when I saw the weather forecast I thought I’d leave him in and see how we go.

“The ground has come up soft and I’ve been very happy with him since Goodwood.”

Ebro River (left) winning the National Stakes at Sandown
Ebro River (left) winning the National Stakes at Sandown (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

There is also some collateral form that points to Ebro River as a contender, with the chestnut having beaten Perfect Power at Goodwood.

“As far as I can see the race hinges around Go Bears Go, who was a beaten a head by Perfect Power, and we beat Perfect Power at Goodwood the other day, albeit in receipt of 3lb, but we beat him half a length,” Palmer explained.

“That 3lb for a length over six furlongs, with Perfect Power having Go Bears Go a neck behind him, that doesn’t leave us with very many feet to make up on paper so we thought we’d roll the dice.

“You just never now, he’s definitely shown a liking for soft ground.”

Elsewhere in the race Michael O’ Callaghan runs Twilight Jet, John Joseph Murphy is represented by Arges and Aidan O’Brien has both The Entertainer and Prettiest in the mix.

Go Bears Go on course for Group One tilt at the Curragh

Go Bears Go heads 13 possibles for Sunday’s Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.

David Loughnane’s charge was edged out by a head in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, but returned to action just nine days later at the Curragh, successfully switching up to six furlongs to win the Railway Stakes.

Fozzy Stack’s Castle Star was beaten a length and a quarter that day and he is set to reoppose along with Dr Zempf, who finished fourth for Ger Lyons in that Group Two heat. Lyons also has Beauty Inspire who is unbeaten in two runs, having claimed the Anglesey Stakes last time out.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained The Entertainer finished ninth in the Railway and is one of three contenders for Ballydoyle in the Group One showpiece along with fillies Heart To Heart and Prettiest.

Other Railway runners Twilight Jet (fifth), Strapped (13th) and Arges (14th) could try their luck again, while Silver Flash winner Agartha could represent Joseph O’Brien along with Velocidad.

Hugo Palmer could send Ebro River for the race after he finished a narrow fourth in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood last week.

The Rathasker Stud Phoenix Sprint Stakes is the supporting event on the Curragh card, with 18 still in contention for Group Three honours.

Joseph O’Brien’s Prix Jean Prat runner up Thunder Moon could drop in both class and distance for the six-furlong heat, and the Queen’s Summer Stakes winner Light Refrain has been entered by William Haggas.

Richard Fahey’s pair of Ventura Rebel and Ventura Diamond plus Summerghand, Garrus and Declaring Love complete a potentially strong British challenge.

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.”

Castle Star poised for Railway action

Castle Star and Royal Ascot runner-up Go Bears Go are among 20 confirmations for the Group Two GAIN Railway Stakes at the Curragh.

Fozzy Stack’s impressive Marble Hill Stakes winner Castle Star appears set to return over course and distance – while David Loughnane’s Go Bears Go, beaten just a head in the Norfolk Stakes last week, has been supplemented for Saturday’s race and is set to move up to six furlongs for the first time.

Potential opposition for both includes four remaining Aidan O’Brien contenders – Amalfi Coast, Cadamosto, The Acropolis and The Entertainer, the first three of whom finished out of the frame in their various Royal Ascot bids.

Donnacha O’Brien’s Masseto, second to Castle Star last month and subsequently a close fourth in the Coventry Stakes at Ascot, may reoppose this weekend.

The unbeaten Dukebox, for Richard Hannon, joins Go Bears Go as a second possible British challenger.

Like his father, Joseph O’Brien supplies four of the provisional home contingent – although the maiden Agartha is declared to run first at Naas on Wednesday

Curragh winner Dr Zempf is going the 'Siskin route'
Curragh winner Dr Zempf is going the ‘Siskin route’ (PA)

Two recent course and distance winners – Ger Lyons’ unbeaten Dr Zempf and Paddy Twomey’s Pinar Del Rio – are also notable entries. Lyons was successful in this race two years ago with his subsequent Classic hero Siskin.

Stack reports Castle Star in fine form since he caught the eye of so many in the Marble Hill.

“He worked nicely this morning,” he said on Tuesday.

“We’re happy with him, and he’s in good order – we’re looking forward to running him.

The Tipperary trainer has no regrets about staying away from Ascot, preferring to stick on home territory at this stage.

Stack added: “He likes the Curragh – and at Ascot, if you get drawn at the wrong side you might as well stay at home, whichever is favoured on the day.

“He seems as well as ever – so we just hope everything goes according to plan for the next four or five days.”

Elsewhere on the Irish Derby card, there are still 23 in contention for the Group Three ARM Holding International Stakes – including Willie Mullins’ globe-trotting mare True Self, Lyons’ Munster Oaks heroine Thunder Kiss and 12 between Joseph and Aidan O’Brien.

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.”

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).”