Aidan O'Brien and Seamie Heffernan combined for a nice double at Cork on Friday night with favourites Sioux Nation and Venezuela.
Royal Ascot could be on the agenda for Sioux Nation after he opened his account with an impressive success in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Cork.
Aidan O'Brien's colt certainly had the form to take the opening race on the card following two encouraging previous displays and was sent off the 2/11 favourite to make it third time lucky.
Although a little keen in the early exchanges, the Scat Daddy colt quickened three and three quarter lengths clear of Yulong Warrior once angled out at the furlong pole.
The three-year-old Venezuela (7/4), a son of Galileo, had little difficulty winning the one-mile maiden later on the card.
The other two-year-old race on the card went to the Johnny Murtagh-trained Yolo Star, a daughter of first season sire Society Rock. The 11/4 winner had finished second to Actress at the Curragh last weekend.
Trainer Jim Culloty had a rare flat winner when Blue Bounty won the apprentice handicap in the hands of Sean Davis.
Patuano (10/1) won the five-furlong handicap for three-year-olds for trainer Willie McCreery and jockey Billy Lee, and the rider doubled up later on when he partnered The Last Marju to a wide-margin success in the 45-65 handicap. The 11/2 winner carries the Wicklow Bloodstock colours of Wicklow Brave and Arctic Fire but is trained by Denis Cullen.
Sheila Lavery saddled 11/4 chance Hillcrest Fire to win the 10-furlong median auction fillies' maiden with Ronan Whelan in the saddle.
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