Art spoils Australia's day
Aidan O'Brien's highly touted newcomer Australia had to settle for second on his racecourse debut behind Renaissance Art in the Barronstown Stud EBF (C&G) Maiden at the Curragh.
But the even-money favourite, who is a son of Galileo out of the great racemare Ouija Board, can be considered most unlucky, as he lost four or five lengths at the start when totally missing the break from the stalls.
Joseph O'Brien's mount made up lots of ground from the quarter-mile pole, but the Jim Bolger-trained Renaissance Art, who was also having his first start, hung on under Kevin Manning to prevail by a diminishing neck as a 10-1 chance.
Both colts earned 25-1 quotes from Paddy Power for next season's 2000 Guineas.
O'Brien snr said of Australia: "We're delighted with him. He came out of the stalls five minutes too late, that's the only thing that went wrong. We thought the world of him before and he could go anywhere now."
Ger Flynn, representing Bolger, said of the winner: "Kevin was delighted with him and said he'll improve bundles. He's still a baby and he's still learning. We're very happy with him and he's a very nice colt. Kevin said it rode like a very good race."