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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.”

Dr Zempf takes Railway test for Lyons team

Dr Zempf bids to follow in the hoofprints of trainer Ger Lyons’ former stable star Siskin by claiming top honours in the GAIN Railway Stakes at the Curragh.

Siskin was a brilliant winner of the Group Two contest in 2019 and went on to provide both Lyons and jockey Colin Keane with their first Classic success in last season’s Irish 2,000 Guineas.

While Dr Zempf has some way to go to scale those heights, he certainly looked a high-class prospect when making a winning start to his career over the Railway course and distance at the start of this month.

Keane, who also combined with Lyons to win the 2016 Railway Stakes with Medicine Jack, said: “He (Dr Zempf) looked nice on his first start – he was a good winner I thought on the day.

“He seems to be training well for the race. It looks a very good renewal, but hopefully he can give a good account of himself.

“Siskin had won his maiden and the Marble Hill en route to the Railway, whereas this horse has only had the one run.

“We’ll know where we stand after Saturday, I think.”

Fozzy Stack’s Castle Star has already won twice at the Curragh, most recently impressing in the Group Three Marble Hill Stakes.

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

Stack said: “It looks a strong renewal, but he’s got a nice draw (eight) and he seems in good order, so we’re hopeful of a good run.

“Hopefully he shows up. The ground won’t be as soft as it was in the Marble Hill, but I don’t see that being a problem for him.”

Aidan O’Brien has saddled 13 previous winners of the Railway Stakes – one short of the record set by the great Vincent O’Brien.

This year the Ballydoyle handler’s chief contender appears to be Cadamosto, who turns out just nine days after finishing a close-up fourth in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He is joined by two stablemates in The Acropolis, ninth in last week’s Coventry Stakes, and The Entertainer – who disappointed in the Marble Hill.

O’Brien said: “The Ascot run was Cadamosto’s first for a good while, and he seems to have taken it well.

“The Acropolis ran well at Ascot. He just got a little bit hampered about a furlong and a half down, but he ran well.

“The Entertainer ran in bad ground the last day, and we thought the going didn’t suit him. Hopefully he’ll leave that run behind him.”

There are two interesting challengers from Britain in David Loughnane’s Go Bears Go and the Richard Hannon-trained Dukebox.

Go Bears Go was beaten just a head into second place in the Norfolk, and his trainer is hoping he can go one better this weekend.

Loughnane said: “He came out of Ascot really well, so we said we’d take a crack at it.

“If he turns up in the same form as he went to Ascot, I think he’ll put up a big show.

“I still very much believe he’s the best we’ve trained – and I think we’ve plenty to look forward to with him.”

Richard Hannon saddles the unbeaten Dukebox
Richard Hannon saddles the unbeaten Dukebox (Nigel French/PA)

Dukebox is two from two for the Hannon team, but faces a step up in class.

“He appears to get fatter with racing – he’s got a great constitution,” said the trainer.

“He’s very tough, but you can’t really put a ceiling on what he’s capable of because he doesn’t win by far – that’s just what he’s like.

“This is a lovely race on a lovely track, and a few people have had the same idea to miss Ascot and come here.

“My lad’s a good two-year-old. Whether he’s good enough, we’ll find out on Saturday.”