De Bruyne on track for Railway
Owners Middleham Park Racing are hoping history will repeat itself in the GAIN Railway Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday.
The successful syndicate claimed the prestigious juvenile prize with Kool Kompany three years ago, a victory that came just 11 days after a disappointing effort in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.
This year's Railway candidate, De Bruyne Horse, is in the same position as, having won at Ripon and the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom, he performed below expectations in Berkshire.
Middleham Park racing manager Tim Palin believes a change of tactics could see the Richard Hannon-trained colt in a better light.
Palin said: "Going into the Coventry I would have been disappointed to finish third or fourth, to be honest, and he finished eighth, but at the end of the day he was beaten less than three lengths.
"We rode him like a proper horse on the day and held him up and maybe we would have been better riding him closer to the pace.
"When he won at Ripon and Epsom, he just ground them into submission and in many ways he reminds me of Kool Kompany.
"He came out of Ascot as well as can be expected and was as fresh as a daisy on Monday morning.
"He's travelled over to Ireland and travelled over well, so we're hopeful, but he does need to bounce back.
"The plan will be to go forward instead of giving him a push-button ride."
De Bruyne Horse is, along with Charlie Appleby's Newmarket scorer Folk Tale, one of two British representatives in a nine-strong field.
Aidan O'Brien, who has won the Railway 12 times, is represented by Coventry Stakes third Murillo and last Sunday's Gowran Park victor Rostropovich.
Fozzy Stack saddles a major contender in Commander Grigio, who has had this Group Two contest as his target ever since he impressed over the course and distance at the end of May.
"He's in good shape and we're looking forward to it," said Stack.
"It's a competitive race, as you'd expect. The Coventry third is there, so we'll see what happens.
"Our horse stepped up from his first to his second and we've been very happy with him since his last run.
"We were always going to miss Ascot to wait for this."
Gordon Elliott's Beckford is also a course-and-distance winner and makes his first appearance in the colours of Newtown Anner Stud Farm.
The Jim Bolger-trained Verbal Dexterity bolted up at the track three weeks ago and merits respect stepping up in class.
Joseph O'Brien's True Blue Moon, who was sixth in the Norfolk Stakes at Ascot last week, and Brendan Duke's outsider Devastating Power complete the line-up.
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