Curragh attracts the very best juveniles for GAIN Railway Stakes | The Curragh Racecourse
Curragh attracts the very best juveniles for GAIN Railway Stakes

Curragh attracts the very best juveniles for GAIN Railway Stakes

One of the most exciting two-year-old races of the season takes place at the Curragh on Saturday with Siskin and Monarch Of Egypt set to square off in the Group 2 GAIN Railway Stakes.
The two highly rated colts are both unbeaten with the Ger Lyons-trained Siskin having impressed on his debut at Naas before then landing the Listed Marble Hill Stakes here last month.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned son of First Defence will be bidding to give Lyons and jockey Colin Keane their second win in this race. 

"He is in great shape," Lyons reported. "He has ran twice and won twice and could have gone to Ascot last week but the powers that be tell me that the faster the ground is the better. He is very, very straightforward and the drying forecast should mean there is beautiful ground."

Monarch Of Egypt, who hails from the first crop of the Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, created a big impression when scoring on his debut at Naas in April.

A victory for Monarch Of Egypt would see Aidan O’Brien join the late Vincent O’Brien as the most successful trainer in the race’s history with 14 victories. 

O'Brien said: "The plan was to go to Ascot with Monarch Of Egypt but he just had a little setback and is ready to start off back at the Curragh on Saturday in the Railway Stakes so we are looking forward to that. We are happy with him."

In the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises International Stakes William Haggas has declared Addeybb who will be looking to build on last week’s victory in the Listed Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot. 

The high class five-year-old will take on a field that includes the Group 3-winning Normandel, the Gallinule Stakes second Buckhurst and the very promising Georgeville.

Elsewhere Speak In Colours, who ran so well at Group 1 level at Royal Ascot last week, is the headline act in the Listed Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship Dash Stakes where his rivals include the ageless Gordon Lord Byron. Tom Hogan's stable star will be having his 99th racecourse start tomorrow in a career that is into a tenth season.