ON the home front the first classics of the year represented the stuff of fairytales as Kevin Prendergast and Adrian Keatley took centre stage.

Firstly to Prendergast whose Irish 2000 Guineas success with Awtaad came an incredible 40 years after he last won the race. A winner of the Madrid Handicap on the opening day of the season and then successful in the Tetrarch Stakes, Awtaad supplied one of the highlights of recent years with his defeat of the English 2000 Guineas victor Galileo Gold.