Flying The Flag rises to the occasion as late charge snares gritty victory
AIDAN O'BRIEN'S Flying The Flag was forced to dig deep at Leopardstown last night before justifying favouritism and landing the Leopardstown.com race.
The 5/4 favourite seemed to be struggling under Joseph O'Brien coming up to the furlong pole as the front-running Einsteins Folly looked primed to cause a surprise.
However, there was still enough in the tank for Flying The Flag to make a late charge in the closing stages, and the son of Galileo managed to win by three-quarters of a length.
In the opening race, Bogini gave trainer Michael O'Callaghan his first winner in Ireland with a fine display.
O'Callaghan's 9/4 chance, twice a winner for him in England, trailed Flic Flac with a furlong to go; however, once Fergal Lynch asked for a surge, Bogini responded in fine style to record a comfortable success by a length and a quarter.
O'Callaghan had further cause for celebration as his other runner, Khaos, finished fast for third spot.
In the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, Edward Lynam's Reglisse finished superbly to land the spoils.
Shane Foley was aboard the 4/1 chance as it moved into into top gear and proved too strong for Sharkayla, which had made the running heading for home.
Reglisse had three and a quarter lengths to spare from Starbright, which hadn't looked to be in contention before a strong late run managed to grab second.
Foley added another when Little Arrows took the John Boyle Memorial Handicap in a surprise result.
Ken Condon's 9/1 shot surged up the middle of the straight but faced a fight to the finish against Valbucca, but had a length and a quarter in hand at the line.
Kedleston (4/1) just got the better of Summer Knight to land the KILA Handicap for Tommy Stack and Wayne Lordan, while it was easier for John Egan on Salam Alaykum (11/2), which took the Cross Charity Handicap.