Latest test for Darwin
Aidan O'Brien's American recruit Darwin puts his tall reputation on the line in the Manguard Plus Solonaway Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
Formerly trained by Todd Pletcher across the Atlantic, the Big Brown colt made a sparkling Irish debut when winning a three-runner conditions event at Naas with the minimum of fuss.
He took another step up the ladder by beating proven top-class performer Gordon Lord Byron in the Minstrel Stakes, albeit getting considerable weight, and he sticks to Group Three company this weekend having been supplemented on Monday.
The Joseph O'Brien-ridden Darwin is the star name in a field of 10 runners, with the Ballydoyle team also represented by Indian Chief, the mount of Seamie Heffernan.
Fort Knox is an intriguing contender for trainer-jockey Johnny Murtagh.
The Dubawi colt made a smart reappearance at Leopardstown in April, but disappointed in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and then met with defeat again at Cork.
Murtagh told Irishhorse.tv: "I thought we were going to have a good year with him because in recent years the ground has been nothing but soft in Ireland, but we've had to wait.
"We found out in the Guineas he didn't handle the firm ground and I was happy enough with his run in Cork. He's in good form and did a good piece of work the other day. He's very fit and very well and his preparation has gone well.
"He's progressed from earlier in the year, he's more mature and maybe it was a good thing we didn't run him earlier in the year."
Ger Lyons' Brendan Brackan and David Marnane's Elleval also feature in the field. The latter ran with great credit in Dubai earlier in the year, with his efforts including a second to the O'Brien-trained Lines Of Battle in the UAE Derby on World Cup night.
He makes a swift reappearance after finishing a close second to The United States at Leopardstown last weekend.
Marnane said: "We were delighted with him the last day. You could just argue that the mile and a quarter stretched him but he was only beaten half a length.
"He showed a good turn of foot at the bottom of the straight and came with what I thought was a winning run.
"He drifted a bit to the left and maybe was in on the worst of the ground but I'm not making any excuses as he ran really well. He'll have a break after this and will go back to Dubai this winter."