Glory lands debut success
Landofhopeandglory (11-8) showed resolution which belied his inexperience in the "This Is The Ladbrokes Life" EBF Maiden at the Galway Festival.
The High Chaparral newcomer fought tooth and nail with 6-5 favourite Kitten Loves Roses all the way down the straight and once he saw off that challenge, had enough in reserve to repel the late thrust of Alaskan Son by a neck.
"He's a lovely big horse and was quite green," said winning jockey Joseph O'Brien.
"I was conscious of getting there a bit too soon and wanted to wait as long as I could. When he got there he looked around. I nearly won on the bridle.
"I really like him. He's a huge big imposing horse and to go around this track first time and win is not easily done.
"I think he has a bright future. He could go back to seven or stay at a mile. He's a very big horse and I'd imagine whatever he does this year is a bonus."
The victory completed a double for trainer Aidan O'Brien, who was also on the mark with Tigris River in the opening maiden hurdle.