Highland looks the Reel deal
Aidan O'Brien's Highland Reel ran out an impressive winner of the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes.
Sent off the 10/11 favourite after winning by 12 lengths at Gowran on his latest outing over a mile, he was dropping a furlong in trip.
Mark Johnston's Pallister attempted to make all, but Joseph O'Brien's mount appeared a huge threat with two furlongs to run and the son of Galileo quickened impressively clear.
Richard Hannon's Tupi stayed on nicely to claim second, some two and a quarter lengths away, with Room Key third.
The winning trainer said: "He was a very impressive winner of his maiden the last day and Joseph was very happy with him. He said he had a lot of speed.
"This race just fell really nicely. The spacing of the race worked out just lovely.
"He has a lot of speed and a lot of natural energy.
"He's by Galileo and they can be classy and sharp. Joseph travelled well into the straight and then went to the line very strong."
The Ballydoyle trainer outlined possible plans for Highland Reel.
"Obviously he has lots of options, the Futurity and the National Stakes would be two of them," he said.
Sky Bet cut the winner to 12/1 from 20/1 for both the 2000 Guineas and the Derby next year.