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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.”

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.”

Royal Ascot next on the agenda for exciting Hello You

A trip to Royal Ascot for the Albany Stakes is next on the agenda for Hello You following her sparkling debut at Wolverhampton on Monday.

The daughter of Invincible Spirit was making her introduction in what appeared a strong novice event at Dunstall Park, with newcomers from several high-profile yards in opposition.

However, Ralph Beckett’s filly could hardly have been more impressive – taking the lead over a furlong out before powering six and a half lengths clear.

Paddy Power make Hello You a 10-1 shot for the Albany at next month’s showpiece meeting and Beckett confirmed the Group Two contest as her next intended target.

He said: “I was delighted with that. I thought she’d run well, but it looked a warm race beforehand.

“I thought she’d go close, but there was plenty of money for other horses.

“It was more than we expected, obviously – not too many win like that on on debut.

“She appears to have taken the race well, so we’ll give ourselves three weeks to get to Ascot.

“That straight track normally rides quick, but I think she’ll handle it fine.”