Landfall confirmed the huge promise of his maiden victory to upset the big guns and run out a comprehensive winner of the Listed Willis Towers Watson Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown today.
Five two year old colts went to post for this fascinating mile contest.
Douglas MacArthur went straight into the lead from Percy and Landfall.
The Aidan O’Brien runner, so impressive in a maiden at this track in late July, bowled along in front of Landfall and Percy, with Radio Silence and Firey Speech settled at the back.
Into the home straight, Landfall ranged up to challenge Douglas MacArthur and it was Landfall who edged into a narrow lead, with Firey Speech finishing well to the outside.
But Landfall extended his lead to two lengths for a most impressive victory with Firey Speech claiming second place from the bitterly disappointing Douglas MacArthur.
The Ken Condon trained Landfall, had made a pleasing impression when beating Exemplar in a Curragh maiden in late August.
Earlier the opening race on Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown, the Ballylinch Stud EBF Fillies Maiden, went the way of the David Wachman trained Rain Goddess, who caused a shock at 50/1.
Holiday Girl and Key To My Heart disputed the early lead in a contest that usually throws up plenty of smart fillies and had 18 runners this year.
Turning for home, Holiday Girl increased her advantage but Key To My Heart rallied in the final furlong.
Holiday Girl fought back gamely and repelled her rival, however, Rain Goddess and Declan McDonogh flew down the outside late on.
Rain Goddess, a daughter of Galileo, had enough momentum to settle matters by around a length from Holiday Girl and Key To My Heart, with Aneen a close fourth.