Brave Bocca Baciata bounds clear at Curragh
Bocca Baciata earned a deserved return to the winner's enclosure after lunging late to land the Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh.
A Group Three scorer over the course and distance last season, the four-year-old was bidding to win at Group Two level for the first time for trainer Jessica Harrington.
Bocca Baciata had run with great credit in Group One company on her two most recent starts, particularly when chasing home the brilliant Minding in the Pretty Polly Stakes three weeks ago.
Hugo Palmer's German 1000 Guineas winner Hawksmoor and Aidan O'Brien's apparent second string Earring duelled for the lead entering the final furlong, but the 4-1 winner picked them both up close to the line and passed the post half a length to the good.
Earring beat Hawksmoor to the runner-up spot by a short head.
Bocca Baciata is likely to go on her travels in pursuit of a top-level triumph.
Harrington said: "They didn't give her an easy lead.
"She just took a while to get going, and another 100 yards would suit her. She has gone on improving.
"Races like the Beverly D at Arlington, the EP Taylor (Woodbine) and Prix de l'Opera (Chantilly) are all possible targets.
"She has her Group Two and we just want a Group One now."