2020 Epsom Derby silver medalist Amhran Na Bhfiann secured only his second career win at the Curragh on Sunday afternoon when landing the Comer Group International Curragh Cup under Colin Keane.
Aidan O’Brien’s 4-year-old Galileo colt beat only one rival home in the Ascot Gold Cup ten days ago, but the step back in trip worked the oracle back across the Irish Sea as he won by seven lengths from Joseph O’Brien’s 11/8 favourite, Pondus.
His only other previous experience of passing the post first came at Dundalk in April, eventually shedding his maiden tag at the fifth attempt despite previously chasing home stable-mate Serpentine and Khalifa Sat in the Classic on the Downs last July.
That was the second of a double on the card for 2020 Irish flat jockey champion Keane, who picked up a winner in the opener aboard Ger Lyons’ Atomic Jones.
In the sole Group 1 of the day, Thundering Nights denied Oaks fifth Santa Barbara by a neck to claim a first win since her Snow Fairy victory back in August under a jubilant Shane Cross in the Pretty Polly.
John Murtagh’s Urban Beat took the Rockingham Handicap despite his top-weight, with other winners on the card including Fastnet Crown and Effernock Fizz.