Aidan O’Brien’s Keats proved suited by the drop back to a mile as he took the Listed Navigation Stakes at Cork.
By Galileo out of the extremely fast sprinter Airwave, the three-year-old has spent most of this season running over trips around 10 furlongs.
He had won twice already in this campaign, though, which has been busy, and both of those were over a mile.
Having suggested he was up to winning a race of this level last time out when second to Lady Wannabe at Listowel a week ago, Keats was sent off the 5-2 favourite.
Perfectly positioned throughout by Seamie Heffernan, the market leader took a lead into the straight off Jessica Harrington’s Free Solo and without coming under too much pressure hit the front.
Keats only had to be kept up to his work to beat Free Solo by a length and a quarter, with Fame And Acclaim third.
“I thought he was unlucky last week, but he handles all types of grounds and I wasn’t surprised he won,” said Heffernan
“He felt like there was more to come from him and he is still unexposed and still babyish. Listen, he has won a Listed race today and he ran very well a few days ago so he is hardy and is up for it now, so I’m happy.”