Land Force leads Aidan O'Brien's bid for remarkable 13th Railway Stakes
Gain Railway Stakes (Group 2) | 6f | 2yo | ATR
Can Norfolk third Land Force deliver for O'Brien?
A close third in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot last week, Land Force leads Ballydoyle's team of three in a race which Aidan O'Brien will be attempting to win for the 13th time.
King Of Kings, Rock Of Gibraltar, George Washington and Mastercraftsman have been the most notable of O'Brien's winners of this race but he has been successful only once in the past nine years – that win came courtesy of Painted Cliffs in 2015.
Winner of a six furlong maiden at the track, Land Force was beaten only half a length at Royal Ascot, where he was doing his best work late on.
However, Ryan Moore opts for his stablemate Van Beethoven, who was fourth in the Windsor Castle Stakes, also at Ascot. North Wind – who was down the field in that contest – will need to improve and completes the O'Brien trio.
The last British winner was Kool Kompany in 2014. He was trained by Richard Hannon, but it is Mark Johnston and Mick Channon who supply the raiders this time around.
Johnston is represented by dual winner Marie's Diamond, the mount of Silvestre de Sousa. Certain Lad, the winner of both his starts, does battle for Channon with Ronan Whelan, who enjoyed Group 2 success for the trainer at the track last month, on board.
Lyons bidding for second win
Ger Lyons, successful with Medicine Jack two years ago, is represented by Invasion Day, winner of a maiden over a slightly longer trip at Cork in May.
What they say
Mick Channon, trainer of Certain Lad
It's a tough old race but Group 2s tend to be! He's a nice little horse and has done everything right. I don't think the trip or the ground matters. It's going to very competitive and nothing will be easy, but we're hopeful.
Fozzy Stack, trainer of Highland Fortune
He came out of Leopardstown well. He's in good form and will appreciate the fast ground.
Aidan O'Brien, trainer of Land Force, Van Beethoven and North Wind
Land Force came home well in the Norfolk and looked as if going back up in trip would suit. We think the same should apply to Van Beethoven based on his fourth in the Windsor Castle and we're just hoping that North Wind can improve and run a nice race.
Charlie Johnston, assistant to Mark Johnston, trainer of Marie's Diamond
It was a slightly disappointing run in the Woodcote but horses sometimes don't show their best at Epsom. Prior to that he had showed good form and he bounced back to his best last time. This is a step back up in company but he has earned the right to be in the race.
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