Pathfork justified significant support to make a successful debut in the opening race on Darley Irish Oaks day at the Curragh.
The American-bred son of Distorted Humor outbattled the long-time leader and odds-on favourite Robin Hood to run out an impressive winner the L Behan Tarmacadam & Asphalt EBF Maiden.
The Jessica Harrington-trained colt, a well-backed 9-2 chance, pulled away from Aidan O’Brien’s charge inside the final furlong to score by four lengths in the hands of 3lb claimer Shane Foley.
“He’s a nice horse, he always worked better than the grey horse (Laughing Lashes who finished second at Leopardstown earlier in the week). We were a bit worried about the ground today,” said Harrington.
“He’s in the Futurity so we’ll see what happens, but I think he’ll stay a mile after that performance.”