The GAIN Railway Stakes
Group 2, Curragh 16:40
€115,000 added,
2yo only, 6f   
Saturday 25th June 2016

Trainers Quotes

1 Medicine Jack 6/1
2 Peace Envoy 7/4J
3 Dream Of Dreams 7/4J
NR: War Decree (USA)
8 ran Distances: ½l, 1½l, ¾l
TIME 1m 13.20s (slow by 2.20s)

Medicine Jack held off Peace Envoy to win Railway Stakes

The runner-up was sent off the 7/4 joint-favourite on the back of a fine fourth in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and the race appeared to be over when he hit the front inside the distance.

However, despite having the rail to help, Ryan Moore's mount began to wander around under pressure and drifted towards the middle of the track where Medicine Jack was running straight as an arrow.

Medicine Jack
© Caroline Norris
Medicine Jack

Ridden by Colin Keane, the Equiano colt, who had only broken his maiden at the first attempt, ran all the way to the line to score by half a length and deny Aidan O'Brien a 13th success in the contest.

The other joint-favourite Dream Of Dreams, trained in North Yorkshire, by Kevin Ryan, was a length and a half away in third.

It was a welcome change of fortune for Keane, who was involved in a nasty-looking incident earlier on the card when his mount Elusive Heights was brought down.

Lyons said: "He did what we thought he could do. That's not being cocky, we like him but you never know when you have Ballydoyle to deal with.

"We thought if King Electric (stablemate, who finished fourth) could run a race then he had a huge chance.

"We have Psychedelic Funk but we've always said he's not the only one. He went to Royal Ascot but the ground went against him and he ran a great race to finish third as he was the first horse off the bridle.

"This horse is still only half a horse and we were worried he was still not mature.

"I was talking with Colin beforehand and was saying 'have we got this wrong' as King Electric was shorter in the betting but he said 'no'.

"He got a terrible fall earlier in the day and it just goes to show you that it can go one way or the other so quickly in racing. I'm delighted both horses and jockeys were all right.

"I said at Navan that winning a Railway was as important to me as winning a Coventry. They are both Group Twos.

"I made a stupid mistake taking this horse to England (sixth at Newbury on Lockinge day). It was pure greed and I only took him over to have another horse with Endless Drama.

"I don't like standing around all day for one race and it wasn't fair on him to run him but it didn't do him any harm and he learned from it.

"We'll look at the Phoenix Stakes now with him and Psychedelic Funk."

RaceBets gave the winner an introductory quote of 33-1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas.

GAIN Railway Stakes (Group 2)
€115,000 added, 2yo only, 6f
8 ran
Going: Good to Yielding

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (3) Medicine Jack 6/1 C T Keane
G M Lyons 2
2nd (8) ½ Peace Envoy (FR) 7/4j R L Moore
A P O'Brien 2
3rd (2) Dream Of Dreams (IRE) 7/4j P J Smullen
K A Ryan 2
4th (4) ¾ King Electric (IRE) 6/1 G F Carroll
G M Lyons 2
5th (7) Ready To Roc (IRE) 16/1 J A Heffernan
J P Murtagh 2
6th (1) ½ Mirdif 16/1 K Fallon
M O'Callaghan 2
7th (5) ½ Grand Coalition (IRE) 25/1 C R King
J P Murtagh 2
8th (9) ¾ Glenamoy Lad 33/1 S Foley
K J Condon 2
NR (6) War Decree (USA) 6/1 C O'Donoghue
A P O'Brien 2

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