There was no fairytale success for Yeats in Saturday's Irish Field St Leger, but another old warrior showed his class as Mick Kinane drove Alandi to a hard-earned success at the Curragh.
Yeats — winner of a record four Ascot Gold Cups — struggled on testing ground as he made what was probably his last appearance on home turf, but 50-year-old Kinane was as determined as ever, as he lifted John Oxx's Alandi to a half-length success over Clowance.
Oxx said: "We'll go for the Prix du Cadran next and he'll stay in training next year."
Kingsfort gave Kevin Prendergast and jockey Declan McDonogh further encouragement for next season's Classics by taking Ireland's top two-year-old race, the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes. Meanwhile, Dermot Weld plans to take Chinese White on her travels as she took the Irish National Stud Blandford Stakes with authority.
Over at Doncaster, Godolphin's Mastery and Kite Wood scored a Classic 1-2 in the St Leger.
Godolphin hadn't won a Classic since the 2004 St Leger, but 14/1 outsider Mastery — under Mayo's Ted Durcan — edged out favourite Kite Wood.
Meanwhile Fran Berry was the star of the show at the Curragh yesterday when helping himself to a sparkling 440/1 treble which he then topped up when forcing Pax Soprana up on the line to dead-heat with Final Flashback.
Less than 24 hours after a successful raid on Doncaster's Group Two Park Stakes with Eddie Lynam's stable star Duff, Berry experienced a session to savour as Snaefell, Corcovada and Silverhand completed a quick hat-trick.
A scorching early pace set by English raiders Danehill Destiny and Undaunted Affair in testing conditions played very much to the strengths of Michael Halford's Snaefell in the Renaissance Stakes.
It's a stiff six furlongs at headquarters and it devolved into a true test of mettle for the seven sprinters involved before a dream run up the stands rail saw Lady Clague's home-bred grey hit the target.
"He likes the Curragh and this race worked out well for him. But there's not a lot left for him this year," said Halford.
Berry had to work harder to get Edward Harty's Corcovada home by the minimum margin in a desperate finish to the Flame Of Tara Stakes from Sense Of Purpose with Akdarena and Picture Perfect just behind them.
Next up for Berry was Noel Meade's dual-purpose gelding Silverhand and this runaway maiden winner on the Flat at Tramore did the business again when taking the September Premier Handicap.
While entered at Listowel, Meade won't be sending the grey to the Kerry track nor will Pat Flynn be heading there with Final Flashback.