Choice shows steel for Weld
A drop in trip was no problem for Galileo's Choice as he took Group Three honours in the Kilternan Stakes at Leopardstown.
Dermot Weld's five-year-old was a winner over hurdles at the Galway Festival and subsequently followed up over two miles and a furlong at Killarney.
Dropping back to a mile and a quarter, Pat Smullen's mount (13-2) took a couple of lengths out of the field before the turn for home and ran on strongly to maintain his advantage, scoring by a length and a quarter.
Look At Me finished off her race well to fill the runner-up spot, but her stablemate Viscount Nelson, the 13-8 favourite, was a big disappointment.
Weld said: "That was very pleasing, and it was a very good ride by Pat. He's a very adaptable horse and I thought he'd win as he'd been working very well. I wanted to see if he had this kind of pace.
"I've entered him in the Melbourne Cup. Everybody thought I'd gone mad, but I might not have. He's a horse with a lot of talent and a horse who has had lots of little problems, but hopefully he can continue on his way."
John Oxx looks to have a smart juvenile in Akeed Mofeed, who stepped up on his promising debut when running away with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Maiden.
Johnny Murtagh sent him on before the final furlong and the 11-4 shot stretched five lengths clear.
Oxx said: "He's a nice horse. There was an incident here with him the last day in the stalls when the one beside him reared up and struck him. He had to be taken out then, reloaded, and not surprisingly he missed the break as he was nervous. When he got going that day he finished well.
"He'll go for the Beresford (a Group Two over a mile at the Curragh on September 25) next and we'll see how he steps up. He has a lot of good qualities. We'll find out more the next day."