Giovanni Boldini could be a name to conjure with for the future after opening his account at the first time of asking at Dundalk.
Sent off the 1-3 favourite for the www.dundalkstadium.com Race, the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt was held up last of the three by the handler’s son Joseph.
Travelling noticeably better than his rivals, he eased into the lead Aidan O’Brien junior was able to bring him home using hands and heels.
Yulong Baoju justified odds-on favouritism with a solid display in the Dundalk Stadium Race.
The 2-5 favourite had My Good Brother for company all the way up the home straight, but Pat Smullen did not have to pull out all the stops to get Edward Lynam’s filly in front, winning by a reasonably cosy half a length.
Persian Caliph made every yard of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden.
Jessica Harrington’s 10-1 chance looked there to be shot at approaching the final furlong, but he responded well to Shane Foley’s urgings to hold the fast-finishing Lungarno Palace a head at bay.
Star Power battled well to get the better of Carvelas in the Crowne Plaza Race And Stay Handicap.
Jim Bolger’s 5-1 chance looked in trouble as Carvelas drew alongside in the final furlong, but he battled on well to score by a head under Kevin Manning.
Bolger and Manning completed a double when Vasanta Navaratri (6-4 favourite) took the Dundalk Stadium Maiden.
Summer Isle (7-2 favourite) made light work of giving weight to older rivals in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Handicap when making all under Danny Grant to score by four and three quarter lengths from Under Review.
Cool Athlete (9-1) defied top weight to land the first division of the Friday Horse Racing Returns 27th September Handicap under Fergal Lynch, while the second division was turned into a procession by 16-1 chance Equation Of Time, who struck by five and a half lengths under Conor Hoban.
Horse racing returns every Friday night from Friday September 27.