Stamina the forte for Xian
(Healy Racing Photos)
The 10/1 shot hit the front entering the straight and kept on well when asked for an effort after the second last.
Acapulco won the argument for the runner-up spot in the closing stages.
Miss Xian had been a winner at Fairyhouse on penultimate start but had faded, after making the running over a shorter trip, at the same course last time.
“They didn't go a mad pace and she was able to keep her place,” said Francis Flood junior afterwards.
“She may lack a gear but he didn't have to rush her and she kept on really well. The three miles was certainly a help compared to the two-and-a-half last time.”
(Additional reporting by Alan Magee)
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