Horse Racing News: David Loughnane believes that the break he gave Go Bears Go before Saturday’s Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket was quite beneficial.
The Railway Stakes winner is one of 14 juveniles remaining in contention for the Group One race, which takes place over six furlongs.
Go Bears Go returned to Ireland after the Railway for the Phoenix Stakes, where he finished third, defeated a length by Ebro River, with Dr Zempf in second, and the three are set to face again.
“We’re precisely where we want to be, and the ground appears to be in excellent condition,” Loughnane added.
“I think it’s done him the world of good, both physically and mentally, that we freshened him up.” He’s become a lot stronger, and I couldn’t be happier.
“For two-year-olds, this is a critical period. People may wonder why he needs rest when he’s only had four runs, but he’s been on the go since December for a breeze up.
“That’s a long time for a two-year-old to keep rocking and rolling, and he’s done a lot of travelling; in a short period of time, he went to Ireland twice.”
“It’s all systems go.”
Along with Ebro River, Richard Fahey’s Prix Morny hero Perfect Power is another Group One winner poised to compete.
Armor, the Molecomb winner, and Lusail, the Gimcrack winner who underperformed in the Champagne Stakes on soft ground, are two horses with a chance for Richard Hannon.
Asymmetric, trained by Alan King, won the Richmond at Goodwood and finished third in the Prix Morny, while Twilight Jet, trained by Michael O’Callaghan, finished second in the Gimcrack and third in the Champagne.
Aidan O’Brien has three possibles in Glounthaune, HMS Endeavour, and New York City, while Clive Cox has left in Saturday’s Mill Reef winner Wings Of War and Flying Childers winner Caturra.
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