Luxembourg was made to work hard for victory as he returned to action in the Fitzdares Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh.
Aidan O'Brien's colt was a Group One winner at two and finished third in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on his only start so far this term, with a muscular issue scuppering a planned Derby run and keeping him sidelined for most of the summer.
However, confidence was high on his Group Three comeback at the Curragh with Luxembourg sent off the 2-9 favourite in the hands of Ryan Moore.
Luxembourg is forced to pull out all of the stops in the Group 3 @Fitzdares Royal Whip Stakes, narrowly holding off Insinuendo to score in the hands of Ryan Moore for trainer Aidan O'Brien 🏆 pic.twitter.com/hgeOY9Tz9q— The Curragh Racecourse (@curraghrace) August 13, 2022
Taking on five rivals, Luxembourg was niggled along at the top of the straight and while he eventually moved to the front, Insinuendo was poised to challenge after switching to get a run.
The mare appeared to be getting the upper hand inside the 10-furlong distance, but Luxembourg really stuck his head out and was rewarded for his efforts with a neck verdict.
Mauiewowie edged out Treasure Trove in a thrilling finish to the Qatar Racing And Equestrian Club Curragh Stakes.
Sent off the 7-4 favourite after narrowly missing out in Listed company last time out, Mauiewowie was made to work hard for victory, with Colin Keane’s mount only just shading it by a short head on the line as Funny Money Honey came home a two-and-a-half-length third.
It was a third win in a row in the race for Ger Lyons and Keane, with another three in the last nine years.
Johnny Murtagh has a Group race target in mind for Daamberdiplomat (10-1) after he made it second time lucky in the opening Irish EBF Median Sires Series Maiden.
Well beaten by the highly-regarded Hans Andersen on his initial start at this track last month, the Cotai Glory colt took a leap forward as he fended off Bird Of Play to triumph by half a length.
"I might give him four or five weeks and we might look at the Killavullan towards the end of the year, maybe stepping him back up to seven because I always thought he was a seven-furlong horse," said Murtagh.
Palace Gardens sprang a surprise as she landed the TRI Equestrian Nursery Handicap at odds of 22-1 for jockey Wayne Lordan and trainer Kevin Coleman.
Placed once in six previous outings, Palace Gardens proved a length and a half too good for Lasmuigh this time – with the Gutaifan filly now set to be sold.
Johnny Levins has a winter campaign in Dubai in mind for Prisoner’s Dilemma (3-1 favourite) after he claimed the Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital Handicap.