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Amhran Na Bhfiann back to winning ways in Curragh Cup

Last year’s Derby third Amhran Na Bhfiann made every yard of the running in the Comer Group International Curragh Cup.

Trained by Aidan O’Brien, he was prevented from building on his huge effort at Epsom when picking up an injury on his next outing back in maiden company.

Reappearing at Dundalk in April he was a 13-length winner, but was a beaten favourite in the Saval Beg Stakes before running in the Gold Cup at Ascot.

He failed to see out the extended trip there, but back down at a mile and three-quarters he looked a smart performer.

Ridden by Colin Keane with Ryan Moore on stablemate Passion, the 9-2 chance built up a huge early advantage before being given a breather with three furlongs to run.

Pondus closed to within about five lengths, but Keane kicked on again and the giant Galileo colt – a full-brother to Oaks winner Was – bounded away again to win by seven lengths at 9-2.

O’Brien said: “I’m delighted with him, he’s coming forward and I’d say that’s his trip. Two-and-a-half was just a bit too long for him,” said O’Brien.

“He’s a good honest horse with a little bit of class and he keeps galloping. Colin gave him a great ride as well.

“I think he could come back here for the Irish Leger and I’d say he’ll come forward. Those big colts take a bit of getting ready when they’ve had time off, and he was off a long time.”

Amhran Na Bhfiann makes victorious Dundalk return

Amhran Na Bhfiann made an impressive return to action with a wide-margin win at Dundalk on Wednesday evening.

The four-year-old was a shock 66-1 third behind fellow Aidan O’Brien-trained runner Serpentine in last year’s Derby at Epsom, when he was having just his third career start.

Amhran Na Bhfiann was subsequently beaten at short odds in a Naas maiden in August and had been off the track until lining up in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Maiden.

Partnered by Seamie Heffernan, the Galileo colt could be called the winner a long way from home and eventually passed the post 13 lengths in front of second-placed Boola Boola.

Heffernan said: “He’s a sound, strong horse and I’d say he has a future.

“The instructions were ‘he stays’. Sometimes jockeys use their brains and it’s totally the wrong thing to do!

“He has a high rating and he’s a very genuine, strong galloper.”