Ansgar defies the assessor
Ansgar (right) holds on from Akasaka at Dundalk
The front-runner looked sure to score a furlong out but it got very worrying for his supporters and connections inside the last.
Harty revealed: "I thought we were beat. He's developed all year and he's getting stronger and stronger.
"He's had bits of sore shins the last few years but he's really maturing now.
"He's really gutsy and enjoys the game." (AM & EM)
The maiden, Manuka was an unlucky loser in the Dundalk Stadium – Light Up Your Night Rated Race, but that'll matter little to supporters and connections of the winner, Atmospheric High.