Royal Ascot: Go Bears Go ‘all systems go’ for Commonwealth Cup rematch with Perfect Power as David Loughnane seeks revenge | Race News

Coach David Loughnane says he is full steam ahead for Royal Ascot’s Go Bears Go rematch with Perfect Power as the team look to bounce back from the loss in the Sandy Lane Stakes.

The sprinter emerged as one of the main stars of the two-year-old split last season after being dramatically denied victory in a thrilling battle with Richard Fahey’s Perfect Power in the Norfolk Stakes at the Meeting Royal.

Redemption would arrive in the Group Two Railway Stakes just nine days later, before being narrowly beaten again in the Phoenix Stakes and at the Breeders’ Cup.

All roads this season have led to next Friday’s Commonwealth Cup, including success at Ascot’s Trials Day, before disappointing in fourth place when he was kicked out favorite at Haydock last month.

“Preparing for Go Bears Go has gone really well,” Loughnane told Tattersalls. “Things didn’t go as planned in Sandy Lane, but he did very well in the race.

“He’s probably as annoyed as anyone because he knows when he’s beaten and is working harder at home. Everything is working now.”

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Reflecting on the Norfolk Stakes, Loughnane added: “I would be lying if I didn’t say it wasn’t heartbreaking at the time. I went in thinking we were the better horse, I went out thinking we we were the best horse.’

“I know Perfect Power has become a very good horse and I’m not taking anything away from him, but the day something came up and came on the right side with us, I still think we would have won.”

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Loughnane celebrated his first success at Royal Ascot in last year’s five-day encounter with Lola Showgirl and the young manager is once again sending a strong squad to support Go Bears Go.

There might be an extra reason to celebrate this year as it sends two new signings in search of Tattersalls’ £125,000 Craven Royal Ascot bonus.

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Coach Richard Fahey believes Perfect Power will bounce back in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot after failing his first and likely only one-mile try in the 2,000 Guineas

Omniqueena 200,000 guineas purchase by owner Amo Racing and Kerri Radcliffe, will be for Group Two Queen Mary Stakes over five furlongs after an impressive course and distance debut, while walbank – bought for a sale exceeding 525,000 guineas – was last seen winning at York by seven lengths.

“Omniqueen is a very beautiful Tasleet filly,” explained Loughnane. “She was very impressive her first time at Ascot. She was only going to get better after the race. She put them to the sword and put them to bed. She will most likely be heading to the Queen Mary now. “

Go Bears Go gave David Loughnane his first Group 2 win
Go Bears Go gave David Loughnane his first Group 2 win

“She has just come out of her last race and seems to have taken a big step mentally and physically. She is a really exciting filly and I hope she will be one of our chances to win the Craven bonus of 125 £000.

“[Walbank] performed well at Ascot, we came across a very good horse from Godolphin in Noble Style. Rossa didn’t hit him that day. He then went to York and was ultra-impressive.

“Winning a race on your second start at York; it’s a daunting big track, no more so than Ascot, and doing it under hands and heels and being seconds away from the last six Nunthorpe winners – that’s Impressive to do this on dead ground.

“He will have entries into Windsor Castle and Norfolk. Norfolk is the obvious choice with how impressive he was in York, but a Craven bonus of £125,000, if Windsor Castle seems an easier race – there’s no such thing as an easy run at Royal Ascot, but he certainly has a lot of speed and that could play to his strengths.”

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