Brian Boru got his four-year-old career off to a flying start with victory in the Alleged Stakes at Leopardstown yesterday, but his jockey Jamie Spencer picked up a suspension.
The Sadler’s Wells colt was sent to the front inside the final two furlongs and came home three-quarters of a length clear of Napper Tandy, with Dawn Invasion filling third spot.
Brian Boru’s victory was not without incident, though, as the 1-2 shot cut across the path of Napper Tandy as Spencer went for the rail in the home straight.
The stewards ruled that the interference had not affected the placings in the Listed race, but Spencer picked up a two-day ban (April 10-11) for careless riding.
Winning trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “I’m very happy with that. He doesn’t mind being ridden closer to the pace this year.
“The Mooresbridge Stakes (at the Curragh on May 3) and the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh (on May 23) are possible races for him now.”
Spencer quickly put the ban behind him in the closing Ashmount Maiden when the well-touted Vodafone Oaks candidate All Too Beautiful made a winning debut, leading all the way.