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O'Brien youngster turns on power

Power just held the late thrust of Dragon Pulse to land the Goffs National Stakes at the Curragh.

Aidan O'Brien's charge was sent off the 11-4 second favourite after suffering a surprise defeat in the Phoenix Stakes at this track last month and returned to winning form in the hands of Seamie Heffernan on his step up to seven furlongs.

The jockey made his move coming into the final furlong and Power responded to take over the lead from stablemate David Livingston, but Fran Berry was flying in behind on Dragon Pulse and there was only half a length in it at the line.

Heffernan said: "I felt I shouldn't have been beaten on Power the last day and I rode him with more confidence today.

"He had a hard race when beaten the last day, but I think it actually brought him on a bit. He's a good, strong colt, trains well at home and was in good form coming here.

"We went a good gallop and I was happy enough to slot in. I was never in any doubt that I would catch the leader. I wasn't sure about Dragon Pulse going into the race, but I knew Fran wouldn't want to be far from me and he wasn't.

"I knew where the winning post was today and I was glad because the last day things didn't go right. In my opinion he'll be better again over a mile. I'd imagine the one-mile Group Ones will be his target."

O'Brien introduced a two-year-old with plenty of potential in Imperial Monarch, who strode away with the Loughwood Fencing EBF (C&G) Maiden to give Heffernan a double.

Dermot Weld's juvenile Madhmoonah (7-2 joint-favourite) picked off another Ballydoyle newcomer, Wading, deep into the final furlong to take the Foleys Antiques Naas EBF Fillies Maiden by a length and a quarter under Pat Smullen.


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