Encounter proves Epic
(Healy Racing Photos)
The winner had been placed on his last two starts, including when third over six furlongs here on his penultimate run.
<Epic Encounter was sent off 13/2 on track but had been a big drifter before racing from 4/1 out to 10/1.
"He's not used to having his picture taken," quipped Lynam after the winner proved reluctant to stand still in the winners' enclosure.
"He did it well and there were a few fancied ones in the race. It's good to get a winner for the owner (Ranjan Mahtani) who is based in Hong Kong and is a gentleman.
"That's the first horse I've had for him. He owns Super Satin who won the Hong Kong Derby (in 2010).
"We needed that as it's been a while since we had one."
Heuston, the subject of support from 25/1 in morning and on course from 16/1 into 7/1, was withdrawn after refusing to load.
20/1 shot Aqua Regia was also withdrawn after refusing to load.
(Additional reporting by Michael Graham)
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