President's Aimhirgin Lass lights up dreary evening in Killarney
John Oxx's fine run of form ensured the Presidential silks graced the winner's circle for the first time in seven years when Aimhirgin Lass got up on the line to prevail at Killarney last night.
Second on her Curragh bow, the Pivotal filly responded gamely to Declan McDonogh's urgings in the rain-softened ground to thwart the favourite Boherbuoy.
Unfortunately, on an overcast and damp evening in the scenic Kerry setting, President Higgins wasn't in attendance to welcome back his winner. "He is detained with an official visit of the President of Germany," Oxx said of the 2/1 shot's owner.
"Aimhirgin Lass loves a bit of cut and we were hoping for some Kerry drizzle and she appreciated it. She is a big, rangy filly, has above average ability but had lots of growing pains and took time.
"The Corrib Stakes at Galway might be a bit sharp for her over seven but would keep the President's spirits up on his annual trip there!"
Also likely to be bound for Ballybrit is Silver Concorde. Dermot Weld's 2014 Champion Bumper winner didn't have to be at his best to justify odds of 4/9 favouritism under Finny Maguire in the amateur riders' Flat race, though Maguire did have to shake him up to prevail by half-a-length.
Set to miss the Galway Plate is Paul Carberry, who picked up a two-day whip ban when second on An Capall Mor at Downpatrick, ruling him out of the Tuesday and Wednesday of the Galway festival.
Meanwhile, Ballydoyle's Archangel Raphael trailed in last in yesterday's Grand Prix de Paris. Joseph O'Brien's mount made the running but was blown away by Andre Fabre's Erupt, which has the Arc on its agenda after impressively stretching its unbeaten record to four.