Jim Bolger continued his incredible start to the new Irish Flat season with victory in the opener at The Curragh today.
The Co Carlow trainer has now saddled six winners from just a large handful of runners at three individual meetings, and two-year-old Eireannach (5-1) and Kevin Manning did their bit in the Donovan Printing EBF Maiden.
The colt had evidently learned from his fourth spot in the first race of the new campaign at the same track last month, holding off a variety of challenges to defeat Xtraxtra by a neck.
"He battled well," said Bolger. "A proper trainer wouldn't be running him now but my early one got a shin so we tried with him.
"He'll step up in trip later."
Bolger and Manning were not finished yet as 5-4 favourite Vocalised gave a thoroughly likeable performance in the Listed Newbridge Credit Union Loughbrown Stakes.
Manning decided to make his own running aboard the American-bred colt, who was fourth to the useful Sea The Stars before winning his own maiden at Leopardstown last September.
Nicely up the fair rail, Vocalised was always in command for a length and three-quarters victory.
"He is very uncomplicated. We were really hoping to get a bit of pace and sit in, but they were walking," said Bolger.
"He's a horse with a big future. He didn't come cheap and has a huge pedigree. He could go in any of the three main Guineas."
Ex-Sylvester Kirk inmate Opera Music provided trainer Sean Cahill with his first winner at the Curragh in the Four Star Keadeen Hotel Handicap.
Young Emmett McNamara is reckoned to be an apprentice to follow this season and he poked the 16-1 shot through right on the line ahead of Daffodil Walk and Toasted Special in a blanket finish.
"I won a bumper at Roscommon last year with a mare, and that was my first winner," said Cahill.
"He came from England and he's a good horse but just took a long time to get right.
"He was bought to go hurdling and didn't take to it, but I think we will try again at some point."