Keeneland Phoenix Stakes: Go Bears Go set for Curragh return after Railway Stakes victory for David Loughnane

David Loughnane's Go Bears Go won the Group Two Railway Stakes at the Curragh after second at Royal Ascot in the Norfolk Stakes; young son of horse's owner, football agent Kia Joorabchian, suggested run in Ireland

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Jockey Rossa Ryan says he had trouble pulling Go Bears Go up after victory in the Railway Stakes and the pair could return to the Curragh for the Phoenix Stakes in August.

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.

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"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.

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"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."

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."

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Rossa Ryan, who rode Go Bears Go to victory at the Curragh, also rode Amo Racing's Mojo Star to be fifth in the Irish Derby.

Ryan missed the ride on Richard Hannon's three-year-old when he was a shock 50-1 second in the Cazoo Derby at Epsom at the start of June.

The next big target could see a step up in trip to take on the St Leger at Doncaster in September.

Reflecting on the Irish Derby run, Ryan told Sky Sports Racing: "I was unlucky. The gap did produce itself and I always felt we were going just half a gear too quick for me.

"He came onto the bridle turning in and I just didn't have that turn of foot that William Buick's horse [Hurricane Lane] showed. If I did I would have gone through the gap.

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"Me and Mr Hannon agreed after that the St Leger would suit him a lot better. I was very concerned going out that the Curragh really emphasises on a turn of foot.

"He is a good horse and he is going to get his head in front in these big races. It might be at the two-mile stage that he really grows into himself."

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