It was almost a carbon copy of The Antarctic’s Tipperary debut as Aidan O’Brien’s talented two-year-old maintained his unbeaten record in the Coolmore Stud Calyx Race at Naas on Sunday.
The son of Dark Angel was half a length clear of Wodao when scoring on debut and both the 750,000 guineas purchase and the reopposing Showcasing colt were quickly into stride in this five-furlong contest and disputing the lead early doors.
They were joined at the two-furlong marker by Michael O’Callaghan’s eventual second Mehmar, but The Antarctic was not for passing under Seamie Heffernan in the closing stages and defied signs of inexperience to be strong at the line. He had three-quarters of a length in hand on the runner-up with Wodao a short head further back in third.
A trip to Royal Ascot appears up next for the brother to Battaash, with the master of Ballydoyle highlighting the Norfolk as his intended destination at the summer showpiece.
Betfair left the youngster unchanged at 5-1 for that five-furlong event, with O’Brien saying: “He’s fast, obviously he’s a brother to Battaash. He has a lot of natural speed and is a high cruiser.
“I’m delighted to get a second run with him and Seamus is very happy with him.
“He’s a real sprinter, I’d say, he’s very strong and he’s as wide as he is long. I couldn’t be happier with him.
“Seamus said the faster they go in a race the more it will suit him. He is fast and I wouldn’t be sure he’ll stay very far, he’s probably a five-furlong horse.
“The plan was to go for the Norfolk if everything went well today. I think that’s the plan, if everybody is happy.”
Brostaigh (10-1) profited from the blistering pace set by Geocentric to land the Listed Sole Power Sprint Stakes.
Joseph O’Brien’s three-year-old tracked Ger Lyons’ 13-8 favourite before scooting clear to record a cosy success.
“Her maidens have worked out pretty well and she had a really good run the last day in Cork,” said O’Brien.
“We were going to run in the Lacken but this race cut up and I thought we had a better chance of sneaking third here.
“She improved a bit more than I thought and probably improved for the drop back to five as well.
“She’s a well-bred filly from a fast family. She’ll run away in fillies sprints for the year but that’s job done, a stakes winner.”
Also on the card, Lust showed plenty of guts to grind out victory in the Listed Owenstown Stud Stakes.
The 5-2 joint-favourite was always up with the pace alongside fellow market leader Diadora and the betting proved correct as the pair tussled all the way to the winning post, Lust shading the verdict when it mattered most.
“He’s a good tough horse. His brother was a lovely horse and unfortunately we lost him last winter,” said Lyons. “Unfortunately for Maurice (Regan) the dam is gone as well.
“This lad is hard on himself and he’s a hard horse to train, he’s not an easy ride and Martin Mooney does a great job on him at home trying to keep a lid on him.
“Seven furlongs and stepping him up in class where there are fewer runners suits him and going round a bend suits him.
“Ideally he wants soft ground so they’ve done a fantastic job here on the ground.
“He’s just tough out and gets that trip really well, he’s really a proper miler but he doesn’t help himself.”