Fascinating Rock produced a stylish effort to take the P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Navan.
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The renowned Derby trial saw an interesting field assembled, with Stirabout taking them along before All Set To Go edged to the front at the three-furlong marker.
Andrew Oliver's charge still held a narrow advantage a quarter of a mile from home, but the Dermot Weld-trained Fascinating Rock (5-2) was moving very powerfully in the hands of Pat Smullen and put matters to bed once assuming control in the final furlong, holding the running-on 7-4 favourite Answered by two and a half lengths.
The winner was added to the Investec Derby field at a cost of £8,000 this week, and Kris Weld, son of the winning trainer, said: "He did it very well. It came up quite quickly after he won nicely at Leopardstown a couple of weeks ago, but it was the obvious race to come for and it's lovely to win it again.
"He travelled very well and looked the way a winner a long way from home. There's no immediate plans for him, but he's had two quick runs so he'll have a break and we'll freshen him up.
"He was entered in the Derby during the week but we'll take it one step at a time with him and he's a lovely horse for the future. He's a big powerful horse and you'd like to think there's more improvement in him as he fills into his frame. Better ground shouldn't be a problem."