ON a day that contained a surprise or two, Baron Samedi’s unchecked rise up the ranks continued as he struck at 20/1 in the Group 3 Vintage Crop Stakes to give jockey Dylan Browne McMonagle his first pattern race winner on his first ride at this level.

The Lech Racing Ltd-owned four-year-old, who led home a one-two for Joseph O’Brien, emerged as one of the stories of last season as he went from winning a Cork handicap off a mark of 65 to triumphing in a French Group 2.