Recital stakes Derby claim
Recital strengthened his Classic claims with an easy victory in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown.
Giving Kieren Fallon a comeback win for the Aidan O'Brien stable, the heavily-backed 1-2 favourite surged past his stablemates Memphis Tennessee and Regent Street at the top of the straight and stretched clear.
He hung quite badly left towards the rail in the closing stages and was eased down by Fallon near the finish when victory was assured, crossing the line a length and a half in front of Memphis Tennessee.
Zanughan, the John Oxx-trained second favourite, was outpaced early on and was never a factor, leaving the Ballydoyle runners to dominate the result, with pacemaker Regent Street in third.
It was O'Brien's ninth Derrinstown triumph but bookmakers were not particularly impressed, though he was cut by most firms and is a top-priced 7-1 for Epsom.
O'Brien said: "Recital is lazy once he hits the front. I thought the pace came back on top of him. The plan is now to go to the Derby.
"Recital has a lot of speed, whereas Seville is a more laid-back horse."
O'Brien had another winner in Admiral Of The Red, who looked a horse with plenty of promise over staying trips when getting off the mark with an all-the-way success in the Follow Leopardstown On Facebook Maiden.
Ridden by the trainer's son Joseph, the 3-1 favourite pulled clear in the straight to score by four and a half lengths from Olympiad, while the stable's other runner Nantucket Bay was fourth under Fallon.