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Go Bears Go and Rossa Ryan.

Go Bears Go and Rossa Ryan.

Go Bears Go and Rossa Ryan.

UK raider GO BEARS GO (4.10) can take the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at The Curragh today for those upwardly mobile Galway exiles David Loughnane and Rossa Ryan.

 The Railway Stakes winner returns to plunder more big race glory at Headquarters, and while the ground will be a lot softer this time, he seems pretty versatile in that regard having scooted home in a hot novice at Ascot when the mud was flying in early May.

Castle Star followed him home in the Railway when not enjoying the smoothest of passages in running and Fozzy Stack’s charge is again a real threat and will not mind the ground either having won the Marble Hill when the track survived a morning inspection on Guineas Weekend.

The Ger Lyons-trained Dr Zemph was fourth in the Railway when sent off the 15/8 jolly.

Lyons never competes at this level unless he has serious ammunition and this Dark Angel colt found the door shut at the furlong pole in only his second race and Colin Keane’s mount is progressive.

Ebro River could prove a nice spare ride for Shane Foley and, while Hugo Palmer’s runner has encountered traffic issues in some of his races, he has finished a close up fourth in the July Stakes at Newmarket and the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood which puts him in the mix here though he would need a career best.

Dismissed

Twilight Jet was a respectable fifth in the Railway but looks up against it once more, and, while Ballydoyle runners can never be dismissed lightly, The Entertainer and Prettiest would need to step up considerably to make a splash.

Eddie Lynam seems to excel with high class sprinters and ROMANTIC PROPOSAL (3.05) looks the business in the Phoenix Sprint Stakes.

Like so many of his gifted speed merchants down the years she keeps improving and steps up to her best trip of six furlongs after her third to Mooneista over five in the Paddy Power Sapphire Stakes.

Curragh specialist Gustavus Weston won this two years ago, A Case Of You and Power Under Me excelled in the Lacken Stakes at Naas. The consistent and classy filly Light Refrain, which is owned by The Queen, is a serious player for William Haggas and Ryan Moore, while Teresa Mandoza looks a lively outsider.

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