Smart Juvenile Go Bears Go really made a name for himself this weekend when landing the Group Two Railway Stakes at The Curragh and his trainer David Loughnane is already looking to head back to the track now going in search of a Group One.
Being only one of two British raiders in the race, the juvenile pulled off a shock win in the race to really put himself up there as a horse to follow going forward.
He also did this a week before when being sent into the Group Two Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and finishing a narrow second behind Perfect Power.
The win finally gave him that Group Two victory he deserved and going forward he can be trusted to run well over both five and six furlongs, but it looks as though it will be the latter from now on.
(Credit ATR) “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.
“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 looks to have decided to send him back to the Curragh in the Group One Phoenix Stakes, handling the trip and the track well and in the past it has seen a superb winning role of a honour.
“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.”