Mohaayed digs deep to claim Gowran prize for Prendergast
Mohaayed finally gained reward for his consistency with a confidence-boosting success in the featured conditions event at Gowran Park for Kevin Prendergast.
A winner at Navan at the end of his juvenile season, the Intikhab colt kept good company in the early part of his three-year-old campaign - beaten less than five lengths by Gleneagles when sixth in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.
Fourth in a Listed race at the Listowel Festival on his return from a break, Chris Hayes' mount had less on his plate in this four-runner contest and the 6/4 favourite was always doing enough to repel Mandamus by three-quarters of a length.
"He made hard enough work of it, but the second is a handy enough horse," said Prendergast.
"We'll probably look at a race like the Gladness early in the spring with an ease in the ground - hopefully he'll progress over the winter."
Mandarin Monarch (10/1)made a successful debut for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning in the opening juvenile maiden over a mile, edging out Dermot Weld's hot favourite Zulu Alpha by a short head.
Father-son combination Aidan and Donnacha O'Brien landed the nursery over seven furlongs with Jaqen H'ghar (10/3) - winning by three lengths despite swishing its tail late on
The Ballydoyle team completed a double in the closing maiden as Joseph O'Brien steered 8/11 favourite Crocodile Rock to a ready success from So Focussed.