Curragh: Medicine Jack steams home in Railway Stakes

Medicine Jack

Medicine Jack (white jacket) wins the Railway Stakes

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Report: Curragh, Saturday

GAIN Railway Stakes (Group 2) 6f, 2yo

COLIN KEANE bounced back from a nasty fall earlier on the card at the Curragh to win the Group 2 Railway Stakes on Medicine Jack for trainer Ger Lyons.

Keane had taken a tumble in the second race when his mount Elusive Heights was brought down in a dramatic incident at the furlong pole, but the rider showed he had suffered no ill effects when driving Medicine Jack home in front just over an hour later.

Norfolk Stakes fourth Peace Envoy, who represented leading trainer Aidan O’Brien, finished half a length behind the gallant winner in second, while sole British raider Dream Of Dreams finished a length and a half further back in third.

Trainer reaction

Ger Lyons, who sent out Psychedelic Funk to finish third in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, has a strong team of two-year-olds this season and was delighted with the success.

He said: “It’s great because, for us, winning a Railway Stakes is like winning a Coventry.

“We could come back here for the Phoenix Stakes where we’ll have Psychedelic Funk too – it’s a good problem to have!”

Improved form

Medicine Jack, who was sent off at 6-1, had won a Navan maiden in good style on his previous outing but produced a much-improved performance to get the better of a horse that had run creditably at Royal Ascot.

Peace Envoy looked to be coming with a winning run when he quickened sharply under Ryan Moore down the stands’ side rail, but Medicine Jack found plenty for his rider’s urgings down the centre of the track and was going away at the finish.


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