Decorated Knight takes Tattersalls Gold Cup at Curragh
British challenger Decorated Knight claimed top honours in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.
Trainer Roger Charlton has claimed this Group One prize twice in recent years with former stable star Al Kazeem (2013 and 2015) and Decorated Knight was the 7-2 favourite to add his name to the roll of honour after winning at the highest level in Dubai earlier in the year.
Admirable grey Success Days took the eight-strong field along for much of the 10-furlong journey, with Decorated Knight always on his tail.
Atzeni sent his mount in pursuit halfway up the straight and he hit the front inside the final furlong.
Aidan O'Brien's tenacious filly Somehow, fourth in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last weekend and running for the fourth time in the space of a month, was delivered late with her challenge, but Decorated Knight held on for victory.
O'Brien was also responsible for the third, Deauville.
Atzeni said: "It went very smoothly. We had a good draw, we had a good position all the way and he travelled beautifully into the race.
"Two (furlongs) out, I was very confident it was going take a decent horse to beat him today.
"He got to the front easily enough. In the last 100 yards he got a bit lonely, but when the second horse came he went again.
"He's very brave, he's got a big heart and he's going the right way."
Earlier, Commander Grigio confirmed debut promise with an impressive display in the opening Tally Ho Stud Irish EBF (C & G) Maiden.
The Fozzy Stack-trained juvenile finished an encouraging fourth on his racecourse introduction over the course and distance a fortnight ago and the experience was clearly not lost on him.
The 100-30 chance tracked Jessica Harrington's 2-1 favourite Brick By Brick for much of the six-furlong journey before being sent about his business by Chris Hayes and he came home strongly to secure a decisive three-and-a-half-length success.
There was little to choose between Bachelor and Port Lions in second and third respectively, while Brick By Brick weakened into fourth.
Homesman was a narrow winner of the Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes.
Turning out a fortnight after chasing home Irishcorrespondent in a conditions race at the track, O'Brien's charge was a 5-1 shot for this Group Three in first-time blinkers.
Ryan Moore's mount took a while to find top gear, but eventually wore down Born To Play to score by a head.
Constant Comment landed the FBD Hotels & Resorts Castleknock Hotel Spring Fillies Handicap for trainer Jim Bolger and jockey Kevin Manning.
The 5-1 shot was turning out just a week after recording a narrow success at Naas.
Bolger said: "She's a good battler and is learning on the job.
"I took a chance going back so quick. She could get a bit further and will probably go for another handicap.
"We'll possibly look to get some black-type further down the line, but her owner is very patient and we have plenty of time."
The Willie Mullins-trained Whiteout justified 2-1 favouritism in the Irish Tatler Handicap.
The mare was reverting to the Flat after finishing fourth in the Mares Champion Hurdle at Punchestown and stuck to her guns to see off Micras by five and a half lengths under Declan McDonogh.
"She loved that ground and moved brilliant. Going down to the start she felt brilliant," said McDonogh.
"I rode her in the Cesarewitch last year and she felt totally different today. She kept taking me there and running in my hands and loving it.
"Ruby (Walsh) said she gave herself a fright when she got a fall and never really got her confidence back.
"That might just put her in the zone now. Willie was confident and Ruby said she'd take (some) beating, so they were spot on."
Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore completed a hat-trick for the afternoon as Iron Mountain (2-1) struck gold in the O'Brien's Wines Irish EBF Maiden.
O'Brien said: "He stays going well and kept pulling out so he might get further than a mile and a quarter.
"Ryan was very strong on him. He got a hold of him and he found plenty under pressure.
"He could go to Ascot for a race over a mile and a half or a mile and six (furlongs). Maybe he won't need that far, though, as he's a War Front."
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