Go Bears Go heads 13 possible for Sunday’s Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at Curragh.
David Loughnane’s charge was beaten by a header in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, but returned to action nine days later at the Curragh, successfully advancing to six stadiums to win the Railway Stakes.
Fozzy Stack’s Castle Star was beaten by a length and a quarter that day and is set to clash with Dr Zempf, who finished fourth for Ger Lyons in this Group 2 round. Beauty Inspire who is unbeaten in two sets after winning the Anglesey Stakes last time around.
The Entertainer, coached by Aidan O’Brien, finished ninth in the Railway and is one of three contenders for Ballydoyle in the centerpiece of Group One with fillies Heart To Heart and Prettiest.
Other rail racers Twilight Jet (5th), Strapped (13th) and Arges (14th) could try their luck again, while Silver Flash winner Agartha could represent Joseph O’Brien with Velocidad.
Hugo Palmer could send Ebro River for the race after finishing fourth in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood last week.
The Rathasker Stud Phoenix Sprint Stakes are the supporting event on the Curragh card, with 18 remaining in contention for Group Three honors.
Joseph O’Brien’s Prix Jean Prat finalist Thunder Moon could drop in both class and distance for the six-stage race, and Queen’s Summer Stakes Light Refrain winner has been entered by William Haggas.
Richard Fahey’s pair, Ventura Rebel and Ventura Diamond, plus Summerghand, Garrus and Declaring Love complete a potentially strong British challenge.