Dermot Weld’s Imaging made a strong visual impression as he quickened to win the Race.

The Juddmonte owned colt had two Joseph O’Brien inmates to beat but settled last of the three and was under the pump as the front-running Ship Of Dreams went about eight lengths clear halfway up the straight.

Declan McDonogh’s persistence paid off as Imaging finally found his stride and with Ship Of Dreams beginning to tread water, the Khalid Abdullah-owned market leader got on top close home to actually win a shade cosily.

Weld said of the two-length scorer: “The ground is probably more testing than he’d appreciate and when he won in Limerick I said I’d run him in a 2,000 Guineas Trial (at Leopardstown), and nothing has changed and he’ll run there next.

“I appreciate that is over seven furlongs, but that doesn’t worry me as my only worry today was getting the mile and 100 yards.

“He’s a big, gross, great-looking horse and I just wanted to get a run into him because all mine are three weeks behind and my earlier runners got tired. Declan was under strict instructions to take his time.”