Stack charge relishes muddy Gladness test
Tommy Stack's Onenightidreamed produced a mild surprise in the Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes at the Curragh.
Beaten in the Irish Lincolnshire by Sruthan, which was sent off favourite for this Group Three event, the 9/1 winner battled on gamely in the hands of a determined Wayne Lordan.
Last year's winner Flight Risk once again outran market expectations and was still in front entering the final furlong, with The Happy Prince and Joailliere also on the scene.
A real soft-ground performer, Onenightidreamed saw the trip out really well to deny Flight Risk a repeat win by half a length. Sruthan got going all too late to take fourth, while Dick Whittington and Gordon Lord Byron never looked like getting involved.
Stack's son and assistant Fozzy said: "He's tough, and was a bit interfered with early on last time. He'd a lot of weight, 16lb more than last year, in the Lincoln but he came home well. He also came out of that race well.
"There is a Listed race at Cork in a few weeks' time and also the Amethyst Stakes, but it depends if it keeps raining.
"He'll probably go on his holidays during the summer - if we get a summer!"
Dermot Weld's Zhukova ran out an impressive winner of the coral.ie Alleged Stakes in which Breeders' Cup Turf heroine Found could finish only third.
Last seen winning a Listed race at Galway in September, the Fastnet Rock filly took her form to another level on this occasion.
There was not too much confidence in Found, which was only just a touch of odds-on despite her form in beating Golden Horn entitling her to be much shorter.
Her participation on the ground had been in some doubt, and having travelled well until two furlongs out, Ryan Moore was easy on her when it was obvious she was beaten.
Success Days put the pace to the race and Ken Condon will be delighted at his Derrinstown Derby Trial winner returning to form after ending last season under a cloud.
However, he had no answer to the 6/1 winner as she burst past to score by four-and-three-quarters of a length.
Weld said: "She's a nice mare. She won the Oyster Stakes last year and has grown and strengthened over the winter. My late mother bred her, and we have all the family."
Meanwhile, Aidan O'Brien may have found his Investec Derby candidate after US Army Ranger (15/8) made a winning debut in the closing ten-furlong maiden.
Well-backed for the Classic through the week, he was not even favourite for the 10-furlong contest as the dogs were barking for Weld's Aasheq (11/10).
It looked like favourite-backers would go home happy as Pat Smullen cruised to the front with two furlongs to run, but Moore was just beginning to ask a question of the well-bred Ballydoyle newcomer.
Despite the testing ground US Army Ranger picked up impressively to win going away by three-quarters of a length.
The Johnny Levins-trained Mr Right (12/1) was a rather fortunate winner of the six-furlong handicap from the fast-finishing Master Speaker.
Ridden by Ryan Moore, Master Speaker got into all sorts of trouble on the rail, and the 3/1 favourite had to be switched into the middle of the field to get a clear run. By then Ronan Whelan had shot clear on Mr Right, which had been in great form on the all-weather at Dundalk.