Coventry third Murillo back out on track quickly in Railway
GAIN Railway Stakes | Group 2 | 6f | 2yo | RTE1/ATR
Murillo and De Bruyne Horse will put the form of the Coventry Stakes to the test having finished third and eighth respectively in the Royal Ascot event, separated by just over two lengths. Aidan O'Brien, trainer of Murillo, also runs Rostropovich and will be seeking a 13th win in the race.
His winners of the event include subsequent Classic winners King Of Kings, Rock Of Gibraltar, George Washington and Mastercraftsman.
True Blue Moon, who finished strongly when sixth in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, will be running over the trip for the first time
Beckford, who gave Gordon Elliott his first two-year-old success and his first Curragh win when scoring over the course and distance in May, and the Fozzy Stack-trained Commander Grigio, another maiden winner over the course and trip, both bypassed Royal Ascot in favour of this race.
Much interest will focus on the Jim Bolger-trained Verbal Dexterity, who impressed when winning a seven-furlong maiden by nine and a half lengths on his debut at this track last month. He is entered for the Group 1 National Stakes.
Richard Hannon, trainer of Woodcote Stakes winner De Bruyne Horse, was successful with Kool Kompany in 2014. Godolphin is represented by the Charlie Appleby-trained Folk Tale.
What they say
Gordon Elliott, trainer of Beckford
It will be a big step up for him but he's in good form and we think he has improved since his maiden win over the course and trip.
Fozzy Stack, trainer of Commander Grigio
He's in good shape having won his maiden well over the course and distance. The ground was yielding when he won and as long as it's no slower than that it should be fine.
Richard Hannon, trainer of De Bruyne Horse
He ran very well at Ascot but I felt he may be suited to being ridden closer to the pace. He has come out of the race in great form and I expect him to run well. This is a tough ask but he's in there with a great chance.
Aidan O'Brien, trainer of Murillo and Rostropovich
Murillo ran very well in the Coventry last week and has come out of the race well. Hopefully the ground will keep drying out for him. Rostropovich is dropping back in trip from his maiden win at Gowran, where he was still quite green. We're going to learn more about him.
Joseph O'Brien, trainer of True Blue Moon
He finished well in the Norfolk Stakes and we think the extra furlong should suit. He's in good form and we're hoping for a good run.