Local trainer Leanne Breen was celebrating yesterday as Irish racing returned from its coronavirus-enforced absence.
The Co Down rookie enjoyed a fine result as Parkers Hill, with Shane Foley on board, powered home to claim the second division of the Chartered Accounts handicap at Naas.
That paved the way for Foley to enjoy a double prior to the rider also landing the feature on Punita Aurora (22/1) trained by his boss Jessica Harrington to complete a hat-trick on the opening session of the season.
Leanne, who trains a small team of horses in Warrenpoint, sent out Parkers Hill for only his second start for the stable having previously been trained by Johnny Murtagh.
The winner, a son of No Nay Never, is owned by the Galaxy Racing Syndicate and carried 10st 1lb to a surprise 18/1 victory as the Aidan O'Brien favourite Yale could only manage to finish sixth in the competitive contest.
Leanne said of her winner: "He's a nice horse. He's been gelded since his last run and he put on 20kg straight away. He's been working really well and we were expecting a big run.
"He could be anything and it's great for the lads (Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate). They backed me before I even had a winner. I value them as owners and I'm delighted he's done that for them.
"He likes rattling ground. I have eight in training for the Flat at the moment. I'm very happy with them and I think they could all pick up a race.
"I've had the licence less than a year and Latchet gave me my first winner at Dundalk last October."
Victorious jockey Foley added: "I've ridden him before. The gelding operation has helped him, he moved and travelled very well. Leanne said she couldn't have had him in any better shape."
Meanwhile, More Beautiful ensured O'Brien enjoyed a winning start to the return of Irish racing.
The Ballydoyle handler claimed Sunday's Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket with Love, and More Beautiful was a similarly impressive winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.
Seamie Heffernan was always to the fore on More Beautiful, who boasts an excellent pedigree as a daughter of War Front out of Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Maybe.
More Beautiful was clearly in control with two furlongs to run and she stretched away in the closing stages to triumph by a very cosy three and a half lengths from Roses Blue.
Betfair immediately made More Beautiful the 7/2 favourite for the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday week.
Heffernan said: "She's a War Front and every one of them has a lot of ability. She couldn't have done it any easier."
Lucky Vega denied O'Brien and Heffernan a quick-fire double as he outpointed 4/6 favourite Lippizaner in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Maiden.
Lippizaner was the only runner with previous experience and it looked as though he would register his first win as he assumed command in the six-furlong heat.
However, Lucky Vega proved too strong up the rail and was half a length in front at the line, with Alex D staying on for third.
Winning trainer Harrington is not permitted on track as the coronavirus protocols employed by Horse Racing Ireland preclude over 70s from attending.
Her daughter Kate was on hand and said: "You would have to be happy with him. He never came off the bridle at home and Shane (Foley) said he was very green throughout the race.
"He was on the grass once or twice at home, but that was it and they were only steady bits.
"We thought he was a nice horse and it's great to see him do it on the track. He showed a great attitude in the finish and he's going to improve. Mum will talk to the owner and see what he wants. He's a big horse and I'd say he's only 80% there."