As the main event, the great Irish Derby undercard race went to export as Go Bears Go pulled out a brave winner of the Group 2 GAIN Railway Stakes.
Both from Galway, David Loughnane and Rossa Ryan, respectively the winning trainer and jockey, are now plying their trade in England and they have combined to win here as Go Bears Go vindicated the Connections’ decision to complete this contest with a grainy display just nine days after losing more than five stadiums in the Norfolk Stakes.
The Kodi Bear colt was beaten by a header by Perfect Power, who was pulled from the opposite side, at Royal Ascot, but refused this time around and was made the winner 17-2.
Having started slowly, Castle Star progressed smoothly from behind but, as he passed his other rivals, Go Bears Go, who had been in the crosshairs throughout, was not for catching.
Paying tribute to his willing partner, Ryan said, “I knew he would stay; the journey was not a question, it was whether he had left Ascot and he showed he had. He’s tough and I think he’s going to get even better. He had a great race in Norfolk – he was just on the wrong side. We were so convinced that there would be six stadiums left. I can’t believe it being back home is great.
A promising genre as a youngster, Cadillac challenged a 232-day absence to make a perfect start to its three-year campaign by winning the Group 3 ARM Holding International Stakes.
Cadillac had not been seen since racing honorably to finish fourth at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf last November and has only hung on here as Joseph O’Brien’s Dawn Patrol l ‘attacked late, with a short header separating the top two at line 2-1, favorite True Self back in third.
“I thought I was beaten,” admitted winning coach Jessica Harrington. “I’m thrilled for the horse because things didn’t go well last fall and coming back now, having had a bit of a step back in the spring, is fantastic.
“We will try to win a Group 1 with him. He can have one more race and then go for the Irish Champion Stakes. He loves Leopardstown.
“He’s a good horse to do that in his first round of the year. He had to sneak in and do all the things he hadn’t done before.
In the opening race of the day, Dubai Duty Free Dash Stakes, the romantic proposition formed by Eddie Lynam came from last to first to land the loot.
Confidently ridden by Chris Hayes, the 11-4 frontrunner traveled smoothly and took the lead in the final half and clinched a length-and-a-half victory over Teresa Mendoza with Quarantine Dreams back in third.
Building on this impressive success, Betfair reduced Romantic Proposal from 33-1 to 16-1 for Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes in York and Lynam believes his filly has the ability to compete at this level.
Lynam said: “We took our time with her, she didn’t run at two, progressed at three, this idiot thought we might be a miler!” But she just got faster. I thought she was still fine but I thought we were running out of stadiums.
“If the playing field turns slowly, she could recapture her five-man chance in the Sapphire Stakes (next month) and if she doesn’t, there are a lot of other options. But I was a little ambitious, it is the first one that I entered in a Group 1 for a long time, I think it is good.
Close third at Gowran Park last time around, Sindhia, coached by Michael Halford and ridden by Ronan Whelan, did two best this time to win the Dubai Duty Free Summer Fillies Handicap, a competition that was not lacking in bad luck.
“She is an impressive filly and I asked Pat (Downes, manager of the Aga Khan Irish Studs) to keep her in training at the age of four which you wouldn’t do too often. with a filly with her rating.
“I always thought the best was yet to come with her. She is a half-sister to Sonaiyla who improved a lot at four and I felt this filly had the potential to do so.
“It’s great to have a winner here this weekend and especially for Her Highness who has been a big supporter of ours, and especially a filly like her when you pull the neck to keep her in four-man training. years. Hopefully there is more to come from her. The Fourhometwo formed by Johnny Murtagh did the trick in the Dubai Duty Free Celebration Stakes.
“He needs a good pace to aim for and we got him today. He’s a good horse for all of these races and he’s improving all the time, ”said winning jockey Ben Coen.
“He’s a bit dynamic but he gets better with each descent. I love him. “Reflecting on Earlswood’s performance in finishing fourth in the Irish Derby, Coen added:” It was a complicated race but he didn’t disappoint us, he ran a cracker. He showed that. he was able to compete with them and he will be back.
Elsewhere Sirjack Thomas, coached by Adrian McGuinness, surprised 25-1 to win the Dubai Duty Free Handicap while the final, the Dubai Duty Free Irish EBF Handicap, was won by Dalton Highway of Dermot Weld for the second year. consecutive.