Dermot Weld’s colt was far from disgraced in the Group 2 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown and this is an easier assignment.
He looked the likely winner early in the straight, but in the end was no match for Epsom Derby-bound Midas Touch, going under by two lengths.
The selection stuck to his task in pleasing fashion, however, and, encouragingly, it was four lengths back to the third, At First Sight.
Weld, typically, now fits blinkers for the first time on the son of Oasis Dream and this tough sort will take all of the beating.
Fighting Brave, fifth to Jan Vermeer in the Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh, looks the main danger.
Sebastian Flyte ran a cracker here when seventh to Canford Cliffs in the Irish 2000 Guineas, but it remains to be seen if he will stay 10 furlongs.
Eddie Harty’s Princeton Plains, who has clearly had problems, can take the Evening Herald-Friday’s Leinster Rugby Supplement Maiden.
Now a four-year-old and lightly-raced, he should benefit from this fast surface, having run well in testing conditions when third to Rocket Man and Captainofthefleet at the Curragh.
At Tramore, Joanna Morgan’s Macra Na Feirme has to be fancied to go close in the Dunhill Handicap Hurdle.
He was only grabbed late and beaten a length by Campbonnais at Clonmel last Thursday, eight lengths clear of the third, and went up just 4lbs for that.
At the same Clonmel meeting Dusty Trail won on the flat by six lengths and gets the nod in the August Festival 12th to 15th Maiden Hurdle.