Beacon Rock gave trainer Aidan O’Brien a fourteenth winner of the Group 3 Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh this afternoon.
Two non-runners left a field of five to contest this 10 furlong contest, with Aidan O’Brien responsible for three.
Beacon Rock broke in front and led by a couple of lengths from Foxtrot Charlie, with a further break to Santa Monica in third and then Housesofparliament and Landofhopeandglory.
Beacon Rock and Ryan Moore continued to make the running with Foxtrot Charlie closing the gap as the quintet turned into the long home straight.
At the three furlong pole, Beacon Rock came under pressure as Foxtrot Charlie challenged, with this pair maintaining the lead as nothing else could get on terms.
Beacon Rock found plenty for Moore and had cracked Foxtrot Charlie at the furlong pole, striding on to a convincing victory
Santa Monica, perhaps a little short of room earlier in the straight, stayed on well for second, with Foxtrot Charlie just hanging on for third ahead of Housesofparliament.
The winner had run behind Harzand and Moonlight Magic in the big two Leopardstown Derby trials earlier this spring and looks a prospective candidate for the Prix du Jockey Club, although O’Brien suggested he could step further up in trip afterwards: “He’s a tough horse and kept responding.
“Ryan was left alone in front and gave him a very good ride. He was only doing what he had to do.
“We’ll have a good look at Ascot with all those horses and he’ll get a mile and a half.”