Moviesta plays leading role

Moviesta got his career back on track with an authoritative victory in the Bar One Racing Mourne Handicap at Dundalk.

Moviesta: Struck in handicap company at Dundalk

The six-year-old counts football manager Harry Redknapp among his owners and looked destined for the top of the sprinting ranks in the early part of his career.

Despite winning the King George Stakes at Goodwood in 2013, when trained by Bryan Smart, the American-bred gelding was sent to Eddie Lynam prior to the start of last season.

He made a decent start to his Irish career, winning the Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh last August, but has been largely disappointing in 2016 prior to his first start on the all-weather in almost four years.

Fitted with cheekpieces for the first time, Moviesta was a 9/1 shot in the hands of Billy Lee and showed the fire still burns brightly with a comfortable one-and-a-quarter-length victory over The Happy Prince.

"He's some horse at home, and has plenty of ability," said Lynam.

"He's a proper horse when he's right, but it has been a year since he won a Group Two and it was another two years before that when he previously won a Group Twp.

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"I told the lads that if he didn't win they could sack me! I'd run out of tricks, and maybe the turning track and the cheekpieces did it.

"I'll advise the lads to send him to Dubai as I think he can do well there.

"He's American-bred and should love the dirt out there."

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