Black Sam Bellamy made a successful return to action at Leopardstown today when making all the running in the Alleged Stakes.
The victory was the middle leg of a treble four trainer Aidan O’Brien and stable jockey Michael Kinane.
Galileo’s full-brother, sent off the evens favourite, maintained a relentless gallop throughout the 10-furlong Listed contest, run on ground that was officially described as good at the Dublin track.
Champion trainer O’Brien walked the course before allowing the favourite to take his chance under top weight, having picked up a 7lb penalty when winning a Group One in Milan last October.
“Mick Kinane was very happy that the ground was safe,” O’Brien said.
“Black Sam Bellamy keeps the momentum going and he will get a mile and a half.”
Having only his second start in Ireland, after opening his account first time out last season, Black
Sam Bellamy will probably be travelling overseas again though O’Brien will be entering this big horse for the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.
Catcher In The Rye sparked the treble for O’Brien and Kinane when landing the odds with the minimum of fuss in the opening March Maiden and the trainer believes the colt could be up to running in the Irish 2000 Guineas.
Roosevelt, like Catcher In The Rye an impressive son of Danehill, rounded off the session with a hard-earned victory in the Ashmount Maiden with Kinane at his strongest to prevail on the favourite by a short head from the newcomer Southern Style.