Kissed storms away with Trial
Kissed By Angels put her case for a Classic bid with an impressive success in the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown.
Seamie Heffernan was happy to sit just off the pace set through the early stages by Red Ivy, but took closer order rounding the home turn and his filly quickened impressively when asked in the straight.
Taking a couple of lengths out of the field, Aidan O'Brien's regally bred daughter of Galileo stayed on strongly to score by three and a half lengths from Devonshire, with favourite Stormfly never able to get in a blow in third.
With O'Brien in France, Heffernan said of the 13-2 winner: "She's made good progress and improved a lot from her first run (when second). I was a bit disappointed with her at Limerick.
"She travelled and quickened. The last day she didn't know what to do. Hopefully she'll keep making progress from each run."
RaceBets quote Kissed By Angels at 16-1 from 25s for the Investec Oaks, with Paddy Power 14-1 from 33-1.
There was more success for O'Brien and Heffernan when newcomer Bondi Beach (7-1) took the Irish Catholic Newspaper Maiden.
The race looked to be in the bag for the Ballydoyle yard when the odds-on Bantry Bay went clear in the hands of Joseph O'Brien, but the lesser-fancied stablemate edged in front in the shadow of the post to score by a short head under a sympathetic ride.