O’Brien colt wins G2 Railway Stakes for Canford Cliffs

Painted Cliffs (Canford Cliffs) winning the Railway Stakes (Gr.2) at the Curragh

Painted Cliffs (2c Canford Cliffs-Lulawin, by Kyllachy) gave the exciting first-crop sire Canford Cliffs a runaway Group winer on Saturday night when taking the G2 Railway Stakes at the Curragh.

Ryan Moore, aboard Painted Cliffs, took the lead a furlong and a half from home and eventually came home two and three-quarter lengths clear of the field. The Richard Hannon-trained Log Out Island was a further length and a quarter back in third.

“I was very impressed with him. He travelled very well and I thought really I just had the Godolphin horse (Log Out Island) to beat. I got him off the bridle and I was there too soon. It was impressive. He’s a nice colt,” said Moore.

Winning trainer Aidan O’Brien added: “We liked him before he ever ran but he disappointed the first day and Joseph (O’Brien) said he was very idle and babyish. Ryan said he’s a very nice horse. He likes him.”

Painted Cliffs, a €200,000 yearling bred by Lisieux Stud, was quoted at 25/1 for next year’s 2,000 Guineas by bookmakers following the win.

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