The GAIN Railway Stakes
|Group 2, Curragh 15:05
2yo only, 6f
1 Go Bears Go 17/2
2 Castle Star 7/2
3 Masseto 15/2
14 ran Distances: 1¼l, 1¼l, nk
Time: 1m 12.80s (slow by 2.10s)
Go Bears Go repaid the bold decision of his connections to supplement for the GAIN Railway Stakes with a striking success at the Curragh.
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 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.
“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.”
GAIN Railway Stakes (Group 2)
€100,000 added, 2yo only, 6f
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY
1 (7) Go Bears Go 2 9-5 David Loughnane Rossa Ryan 17/2
2 (8) 1¼ Castle Star 2 9-5 J A Stack Chris Hayes 7/2
3 (3) 1¼ Masseto 2 9-5 Donnacha O'Brien Gavin Ryan 15/2
4 (2) nk Dr Zempf 2 9-5 G M Lyons Colin Keane 15/8F
5 (14) 1¼ Twilight Jet 2 9-5 M D O'Callaghan Leigh Roche 50/1
6 (4) hd Andreas Vesalius 2 9-5 Joseph O'Brien Shane Crosse 150/1
7 (11) 1½ Cadamosto 2 9-5 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 11/2
8 (10) nk The Acropolis 2 9-5 A P O'Brien Frankie Dettori 12/1
9 (6) nk The Entertainer 2 9-5 A P O'Brien Seamie Heffernan 20/1
10 (13) 2¼ Pinar Del Rio 2 9-5 P Twomey W J Lee 14/1
11 (1) 2¾ Albion Square 2 9-5 Mrs John Harrington Shane Foley 100/1
12 (5) 2¼ Dukebox 2 9-5 Richard Hannon Ben Coen 40/1
13 (12) 1¼ Strapped 2 9-5 J S Bolger Kevin Manning 50/1
14 (9) nk Arges 2 9-5 John Joseph Murphy Robbie Colgan 200/1