Raised to a lofty mark of 117 for his Galway success, the Ger Lyonstrained chestnut, set for a winter campaign in Dubai, proved his star quality when landing the Group 3 Solonaway Stakes at the Curragh, beating Ansgar
and the highly-regarded Darwin.
's convincing success in the other 1m2f handicap on the Dundalk card resulted in a 10lb hike to a mark of 90.
Ballydoyle will be represented by Darwin in the Group 2 Dubai Challenge Stakes, in which Joseph O'Brien's mount will be joined by compatriots Fiesolana (Billy Lee) and Ansgar
has answer Ansgar
made a winning handicap debut when making all under Declan McDonogh for a two-anda-quarter-length success in the 1m21/2f (78-88) event.
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And the Group 2 Dubai Challenge Stakes, over seven furlongs, is the target for Willie McCreery's progressive filly Fiesolana (Billy Lee) and the Sabrina Harty-trained Ansgar
It would probably be a mistake to adopt an over-literal interpretation of the form but there is another aspect that underlines Civil War's chance, namely that he finished in front of four of today's rivals, including Ansgar
, a four-year-old who has since shown improved form with a second at the Curragh, and Place Vendome, who was one spot behind Ansgar
on that occasion but ran a shocker on heavy ground at Listowel last week.
Gro 1 On the supporting card, crack apprentice Colin Keane registered his first Group-race victory when 117-rated Brendan Brackan landed the Group 3 Solonaway Stakes, beating Ansgar
and disappointing odds-on favourite Darwin.
Gordon Lord Byron ground out a hard earned success under Johnny Murtagh in the Group 3 Desmond Stakes after the long odds on favourite got on top close home to beat the front running Ansgar
by a neck for trainer Tom Hogan.
(D P McDonogh, 6-1) 1; Akasaka (13-2) 2; Cul Baire (4-1f) 3.
And course specialist Denny Crane hinted at a return to form when fourth to Ansgar
last time and should be noted in the finale.
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