Pedro The Great claims Phoenix
Pedro The Great took advantage of Cristoforo Colombo's fall to win the Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.
Aidan O'Brien landed his twelfth victory in the prestigious six furlong juvenile contest but it was not with the colt that was widely expected to lead the field home.
British raider and Molecomb winner Bungle Inthejungle took the field through their early paces but Joseph O'Brien could be seen travelling ominously well in behind aboard Cristoforo Colombo.
The young jockey had to bide his time as the gaps wouldn't open for the Coventry Stakes third and Seamie Heffernan got first run as he made his challenge down the outside.
O'Brien switched his mount to the inside against the rail as he attempted to navigate a route through but the pair were left sprawling on the turf having, seemingly, clipped heels with Probably, trained by David Wachman and also owned by the Coolmore triumvirate of John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith.
The winning margin for the Railway Stakes fifth was two and three quarter lengths with the Jim Bolger trained Leitir Mor in second and Lottie Dod third.
Heffernan said: "I blamed myself a bit the last day, I probably made too much use of him.
"At the time we thought it could have been the heavy ground as we thought the Henrythenavigator's wanted fast ground but we are still learning about them.
"I pulled him out with a furlong and a half to go and once he was in the clear I was always going to win.
"He was still going strong at the line so seven furlongs or even a mile would be no problem to him."
O'Brien said: "He won his maiden very impressively. He was a bit fresh the last day and we decided to take our time with him today and he settled well.
"He won't mind stepping up to seven furlongs and it's quite possible he will come back here for the National Stakes."
Sky Bet gave the winner a 25-1 quote for the 2000 Guineas.