Sea eclipsed by Nephrite
Nephrite upset the odds-on Born To Sea with a decisive win over Sea The Stars' brother in the JRA Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown.
In doing so, Nephrite boosted his Classic claims for 2012 and is now unbeaten in two starts.
Joseph O'Brien brought the Pivotal colt, trained by his father Aidan, through to pick off John Oxx's youngster to go on to score by one and a half lengths. Though it was later reported that on examination Born To Sea was found to be lame. O'Brien's two other runners in a field of seven, Vault and Ishvana set a good pace in the Group Three contest over seven furlongs.
While Johnny Murtagh made smooth progress on 8-11 favourite Born To Sea to lead a furlong out it was only brief as Nephrite (13-8) found a decent turn of foot to stamp his authority.
O'Brien senior said: "I'm delighted. He progressed nicely from his maiden. He travelled well today and Joseph gave him a confident ride. He was stepping up to seven furlongs and he looked to get it well. It was a nice solidly run race. He should prefer better ground."
Thomasgainsborough (11-2), ridden by Seamie Heffernan, pipped I Have A Dream by a short head to give O'Brien a one-two in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Maiden.