Spirit Quartz brought a three-year drought to an end with victory in the Coral.ie Midsummer Sprint Stakes at Cork.

Robert Cowell's raider last got his head in front in the 2013 Prix du Gros-Chene but had signalled that plenty of spark remains when fourth in the Palace House on his seasonal debut, although that preceded a moderate effort in France.

With his sights lowered here, the 5-4 chance took the lead from Little Sweetheart just after halfway and stuck his neck out well when challenged by favourite Ardhoomey to secure the Listed honours by half a length.

Winning rider Pat Smullen said: "It was a good opportunity for him and the ease in the ground was a big help. He was a little bit buzzy in the gates but I was happy to follow Danny (Grant, on Little Sweetheart) and then I put it up to the second horse (Ardhoomey).

"He is a good solid sprinter and just a grade above them. He is getting on in years but still retains a lot of his enthusiasm."

Dermot Weld gained compensation for Shamreen's defeat in the feature when Alveena came out on top in the Coral.ie Cork Derby, completing a double for Smullen.

The progressive four-year-old travelled strongly into contention before hitting the front just inside the final furlong in the premier handicap, and she responded to all of Smullen's urgings to comfortably account for Highly Toxic by a couple of lengths as the 5-2 favourite.

Weld said: "I love this race track - I think it is one of the top tracks in Europe, never mind Ireland. I've always been a huge supporter of it - I think it is a cracking track and that's why I run these horses here. Look at what you've got - the winners of the Derby (Harzand) and Guineas (Jet Setting).

"Alveena reproduced her Curragh run, battled well and got an excellent ride from Pat.

"She is a good brave consistent filly and I thought she would be hard to beat. He got a good position from wide draw and that was the important thing."

"I think that's her trip."