Quest For Peace comes up trumps for O'Brien
Quest For Peace scooped another nice prize for Ballydoyle when taking last night's Lenebane Stakes at Roscommon.
Aidan O'Brien's colt, entered in the 52nd John Smith's Cup at York on Saturday, came from off the pace to grind down Haziyna.
John Oxx has won the last three renewals of the Listed contest over a mile and a half, and looked to be sitting pretty once Haziyna set sail for home inside the final furlong.
But Colm O'Donoghue had other ideas aboard Quest For Peace. Banksters Bonus, the 5/2 favourite, finished third. "He's still a baby and will improve again -- he should continue to come on throughout the year," O'Donoghue said.
Wayne Lordan was seen at his strongest as Whatever It Takes claimed the Roscommon Handicap.
The Tommy Stack-trained gelding claimed front-runner Unique Style at the furlong pole in the mile-and-a-half event.
The Ger Lyons-trained Lightening Pearl proved tough in front as she claimed the opening two-year-old maiden. Johnny Murtagh soon had his mount at the head of affairs but she was harried by Among Equals, with the pair coming close as the latter tried for a gap on the rail on the far bend.
After seeing off the attentions of that rival, 13/8 favourite Catamount emerged as a big threat in the straight but couldn't find a way past Lyons' charge, who kept on strongly for a two-length success.
Murtagh was hit with a one-day ban for careless riding having been found guilty of causing Among Equals to check on the far bend.
Gary Carroll was among the winners as he helped the Shane Buggy-trained Core Element to complete a hat-trick in the fillies handicap.
Brian Galvin saddled his first winner on the Flat when Lady Pastrana took the two-year-old auction maiden under Niall McCullagh, while Joanna Morgan's An Mhi benefited from a strong Leigh Roche ride to edge out Kenton Street in the Supervalu's Handicap.