A review of the rest of Sunday's card at Fairyhouse as Joseph O'Brien dominated the opener with Cerberus holding off stablemate A Wave Of The Sea.
Cerberus takes Juvenile spoils
Joseph O'Brien dominated the Eur 30 Free Bet Baroneracing.com Juvenile Hurdle, with Cerberus holding off stablemate A Wave Of The Sea.
The two had met back in October when only a neck separated them - with A Wave Of The Sea coming out on top, before being subsequently bought by JP McManus.
With a 4lb swing at the weights, Cerberus had every chance of turning the tables - because both had come out and won since their original meeting.
Robbie Power bounced Cerberus into an early lead, and some swift jumping meant A Wave Of The Sea was always slightly on the back foot. Then in the home straight, Cerberus put the race to bed with a smart change of gear.
He came home two and a quarter lengths in front of his fellow 5-4 joint-favourite in the Grade Three.
"They both ran well, and probably the quicker horse won a tactical race," said O'Brien.
"He's very quick through the air and always very accurate. He had the form - and they are two decent three-year-olds.
"They will probably both go to Leopardstown (at Christmas), and stamina will come more into play there. This place always favours a bit of speed, and that ground is not too bad."