Whittington succumbs to Style

  • Last Updated: May 25 2014, 17:09 BST

A review of the rest of the action from the Curragh, where Intense Style edged out DIck Whittington in the maiden.

Intense Style: Got the better of Dick Whittington in the opener
Intense Style: Got the better of Dick Whittington in the opener

Jim Bolger's Intense Style comprehensively reversed placings with hot favourite Dick Whittington in the Elusive Pimpernel EBF Maiden at the Curragh.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Dick Whittington (2-7 favourite) had made a promising debut at Naas when second to Saturday's Marble Hill winner Cappella Sansevero, with Intense Style nearly seven lengths behind in fourth on that occasion.

Kevin Manning's mount went off at 20-1 here but picked up well over a furlong from home and was always holding a rather laboured-looking Dick Whittington and Joseph O'Brien.

Intense Style, who won by a length and a quarter, is now set to step up in grade.

Bolger said: "He ran very well in his first race but he then misbehaved at Naas and lost the plot.

"It's nice to get back on track and I think I'll move him up to stakes class now. His dam is by Galileo and the sire got a mile so he should have no trouble getting a mile in time."

Lightly-raced Great Minds defied stall one to make it back-to-back wins at the Kildare track in the Emirates Equestrian Federation Handicap.

Tommy Stack's chestnut broke his duck in a course-and-distance handicap on March 23 and jockey Wayne Lordan moved quickly to get himself some cover.

Dashwood looked the winner a couple of furlongs out but he was stalked by 4-1 favourite Great Minds, who took over close home and scored a shade cosily by three-quarters of a length.

Fozzy Stack, son and assistant to the Co Tipperary handler, said: "He's a decent horse on that ground and it was a fair performance from that draw. It was a good ride by Wayne.

"Hopefully he'll go for all those good handicaps, like the Scurry, Rockingham and Ayr Gold Cup."