GUSTAVUS Weston took his tally of victories to four, three of them in group races, when he comprehensively won the Group 3 Rathasker Stud Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday for the second time. He has won at Group 2 level, landing the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes earlier this year.

Alfred Sweetnam’s winner was cheered home by Richard and Stephen Giles, and hopefully all connections will get an opportunity to do so again and again – and even at Group 1 level. This five-year-old gelding is a son of the Irish National Stud’s Equiano (Acclamation), and he is named after Olaudah Equiano, who was also known during his lifetime as Gustavus Vassa (a son of Equiano who won for Andy Oliver) and Gustavus Weston.