Darwin proves the natural selection for Aidan O'Brien
Aidan O'Brien's American import Darwin got his career back on track with victory in the Belgrave Stakes at Fairyhouse.
Joseph O'Brien kicked clear entering the final furlong but the 2/1 favourite was clinging on at the finish before getting home by a short head from Russian Soul.
It was the second leg of a double for the O'Briens, having earlier struck with Cape Clear Island (1/5 favourite) which held on on by a nose from Windsor Beach.
Ger Lyons' Greek Canyon (11/2) battled back gamely for Colin Keane to beat Kiss The Stars by a short head in the six-furlong handicap. Dermot Weld's Emerita took the fillies' maiden under Pat Smullen, while Teorim struck for Jim Bolger and Ronan Whelan in the apprentice contest.