Dawn Patrol completed a Curragh treble for Aidan O’Brien and Seamie Heffernan on Sunday, with a battling display in the Comer Group International Loughbrown Stakes.
The Group 3 contest represented a drop in class for the son of Galileo, who finished sixth in the St Leger at Doncaster on his latest appearance a fortnight ago.
Also third in the Irish Derby earlier in the year, the 5/2 shot travelled strongly and saw out the trip well on his first start over two miles, for a decisive three-quarter-length success over Barrington Court.
Heffernan said: ““He arrived there on the bridle. Aidan said to ride him with loads of confidence and take all the chances down the inside.
“He finished out well and could be a two-mile or two-and-a-half-mile horse. Maybe that could be his thing – and I don’t think ground matters.”
O’Brien’s Van Gogh (4/7 favourite) had earlier made the most of having his sights lowered in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.
Placed at Group 3 and Group 2 level at Leopardstown this season, the son of American Pharoah opened his account with a half-length verdict over Colour Sergeant.
“He’s a gorgeous big horse, and I’d say there could be a lot of improvement in him,” said Heffernan.
“He’s been running well – and because he’s big, I get the impression there could be a lot of improvement with time.”
O’Brien and Heffernan also hit the target with Irish Derby fourth Order Of Australia (6/5 favourite), in the Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital Race.
“In fairness, he’s never had many chances of winning races, because he was working well and running in classics,” said Heffernan. “He’s two from two now after a little break, and he took a blow with me again.”