Treble Leger winning hero Vinnie Roe was beaten at odds of 1-2 on his seasonal debut in an running of the Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown on Wednesday evening.
The Listed race was won by 14-1 shot Windermere, trained by Ted Walsh, who was sent straight into a long lead by Johnny Murtagh and was never sighted by his five opponents.
At one stage the five-year-old was a furlong clear and he
never looked likely to be caught in the one-mile-six-furlong contest.
Vinnie Roe emerged from the pack under Pat Smullen to give chase after the turn into the straight, but though he ran on stoutly, he was four and a half lengths behind at the line as Murtagh eased up on the winner.
Sections of the crowd were not happy and there was a certain amount of heckling when the beaten horses returned.
Vinnie Roe, winner of the Irish St Leger for a record third time last year, remains on target for a tilt at the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
Trainer Dermot Weld said: "The winner is a good horse and was given an excellent tactical ride by Johnny Murtagh. Providing Vinnie Roe is fit and well the plan is to go for the Ascot Gold
Windermere's trainer Walsh said: "Sometimes things go your way. All I said to Johnny was `he's fit and well, and away you go."
Jim Bolger intends sending Pictavia for the Listed Swordlestown Stud Sprint Stakes at Naas on June 7 after the filly (6-1) resisted the challenge of the Aidan O'Brien-trained odds-on shot Showdance to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.
Bolger confirmed his Irish 1000 Guineas runner-up Alexander Goldrun would run next in France.
Filed by James McMahon