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Flight Risk sprung a 50-1 shock in the feature Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes at the Curragh on a big afternoon for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning.

The race-fit four-year-old, who was well beaten at Cork a fortnight ago, was brought with a dream run near the far rail by Manning to challenge for the lead in the final quarter of a mile.

He galloped on resolutely to take the Group Three honours comfortably by a length and a quarter from another outsider, 33-1 shot Piri Wango, with Charlie Hills' raider Cable Bay coming through late to take third place.

Another British challenger, the David Nicholls-trained Sovereign Debt, held every chance but had nothing more to give in the closing stages and was well held.

The victory was the middle leg of a treble for Manning and Bolger, who earlier saddled a one-two in the juvenile maiden and landed another one-two in the Alleged Stakes.

He said of Flight Risk: "Pat O'Donovan rides him out regularly and told me the other day that he could be a Group One horse if everything fell right for him. Everything fell right and he's on his way.

"He got bogged down in Cork and this better ground helped. I'd like to come back for something like this on Derby weekend."

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