Aidan O’Brien’s Little Large Bear regarded each inch a celebrity as he dominated the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes from begin to end to provide the Ballydoyle coach his sixth winner within the Curragh Group One up to now seven years.
There was drama early within the contest as 11-8 favorite Bradsell appeared to stumble popping out of the stalls, however it was Little Large Bear who was despatched to the entrance by Ryan Moore within the early phases.
The 13-8 shot was shadowed by Richard Hannon’s Persian Drive, who at one stage gave the impression to be travelling higher than the son of No Nay By no means, however because the UK raiders loomed giant passing the two-furlong pole, the Anglesey Stakes winner was simply starting to slide into high gear and was quickly accelerating away from his pursuers.
Daylight was the most important hazard within the closing furlong with the teen recording a seven-length success over Persian Drive, with Shartash, who did his finest work late, one other half-length again in third.
The victory not solely introduced up a hat-trick for the highly-talented two-year-old, but additionally O’Brien’s seventeenth success within the six-furlong contest and the layers have been suitably impressed, with the colt made favorite throughout the board for subsequent 12 months’s 2000 Guineas.
O’Brien stated: “He is an enormous, highly effective, sturdy horse. He cruises and quickens. Earlier than the race, we had a little bit of a scare with him when he got here up right here.
“He kicked a wall and the clip of the shoe went into his foot. He was just a little bit tender when the shoe was put again on. It might have gone both means very simply, so it was an amazing name by John Halley and Lynn Hillyer to let him run.
“Ryan stated when he let him go it was throughout. He’d been progressing from each run. He ran right here on the final day with the view of going for this race.
“He loves good floor so he can present his velocity. It was an excellent race, however he has severe class. From day one we thought he was a bit particular.
Nunthorpe choice for Little Large Bear
“At Ascot, we thought he would get away with 5 (furlongs) though we have been blissful going six with him.
“The lads can resolve what they wish to do. He has loads of choices and he can do something, I suppose.
“He has plenty of choices and the lads can resolve what they wish to do with him, they might go to the Morny with him, they might go to the Nunthorpe. I do not assume he is in need of tempo in any means, he is sturdy and he is mature.
“He might go to the Center Park or the Dewhurst.”
Go Bears Return to finest in Phoenix Dash
David Loughnane’s Go Bears Go made each yard to get again to successful methods within the Rathasker Stud Phoenix Dash Stakes on the Curragh on Saturday.
Away effectively in first-time cheekpieces, Rossa Ryan was all the time on the head of affairs aboard the son of Kodi Bear and confirmed super tenacity to maintain discovering when challenged within the closing phases, holding off Ano Syra to document a one-and-a-quarter-length victory.
It was the second time the Amo Racing and Omnihorse Racing-owned colt has struck on the Kildare venue, having additionally landed Railway Stakes as a two-year-old, and the all-the-way victory was the proper means for the speedy three-year-old to construct on his second within the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury.
Loughnane stated: “It is simple to coach horse. He loves it right here – three runs, two wins and a 3rd within the Phoenix Stakes final 12 months the place I believed he was a bit unfortunate within the mistaken a part of the observe with a robust headwind.
“He dissatisfied in Royal Ascot however simply obtained out of the mistaken facet of the mattress, overheated and did not run his race. “He is solely been out of the body twice in his life and is an absolute pleasure to coach. He is a horse that I maintain very near my coronary heart and possibly all the time will.
“He is a terrier and would step into a hoop with Mike Tyson – he is afraid of nobody. The longer they arrive at him the higher he’s. I might like to see him over seven.”
Go Bears Go was lower to 12-1 for Haydock’s Betfair Dash Cup by the sponsors, however Loughnane revealed an American journey was on the playing cards for Go Bears Go, probably adopted by a visit to Paris.
He stated: “For the time being the plan is to go to Kentucky Downs on September 10. There’s a Grade Two over there price some huge cash over six and a half furlongs after which probably a tilt on the Foret in October.
“He does not need too lengthy between his races, he will get a bit bored. He needs three weeks, perhaps 4, and he loves travelling. This race labored in properly.”