Another Express takes victory at the Curragh

Tommy Stack unleashed a potentially decent juvenile when Another Express sprinted to victory in the Michael Murphy & Co. Ltd EBF Median Auction Maiden at the Curragh today.

Tommy Stack unleashed a potentially decent juvenile when Another Express sprinted to victory in the Michael Murphy & Co. Ltd EBF Median Auction Maiden at the Curragh today.

A son of the brilliant Australian sprinter Choisir, the 5-1 chance put the race to bed in a matter of strides under Wayne Lordon.

He had one and a half lengths to spare over Jim Bolger's Bunsen Burner (20-1) at the line, with Princess Zoe claiming third.

Fozzy Stack, son and assistant to his father, said: "He's a quick one and he's been going well at home.

"I suppose we'd think about coming back for a Listed race here on May 7 or leave him for the Marble Hill later in the month, I don't know yet.

Aidan O'Brien landed his first Listed race of the season in Ireland thanks to Honoured Guest in the Verglas Loughbrown Stakes.

The 4-1 second-favourite was always going well in the hands of Seamus Heffernan and quickened up in fine style inside the final furlong.

Stack's Alexander Tango was short of room in the closing stages and made eye-catching progress, but could only get within one and three-quarter lengths of the impressive winner. Howya Now Kid stayed on for third.

O'Brien was suitably impressed and is considering a tilt at the French 2000 Guineas with the son of Danehill.

"It was an honest pace they went. He's quickened up and he's won it well in the end, the second is a good filly too," said O'Brien.

"There was a decent horse behind him the time before as well.

"We'll have a look at the French Guineas."

Kevin Prendergast's Mustameet (5-4 favourite) landed his second Castlemartin & La Louviere Studs Gladness Stakes under a power-packed ride from Declan McDonogh.

The six-year-old won the Group Three event two years ago and was second 12 months ago but reclaimed the prize by three-quarters of a length.

Johnny Murtagh tried to steal the race from the front on the Ger Lyons-trained An Tadh (6-1) and despite losing out close home he held off the challenge of Marcus Andronicus for second.

Prendergast said: "I think he is as good as he was.

"We will have to see what we do now and I'll have to talk to the owner."

Irish Derby winner Dylan Thomas (8-15 favourite) opened his account for the season in style by taking the Ascon Rohcon Alleged Stakes with the minimum of fuss.

O'Brien's four-year-old also won the Irish Champion Stakes last season, beating Ouija Board, but had finished a disappointing fourth of four on dirt in America in October on his final start of 2006.

However, back on more familiar terrain, connections never had an anxious worry and when Heffernan eased him out to challenge he picked up in the style of a very good horse.

He crossed the line three lengths clear of David Wachman's Fracas, with Heliostatic claiming third.

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