Dual Classic heroine Hermosa's maiden form received the smallest of boosts at Listowel today as the Mark McNiff trained Engles Rock landed the Lengthen The Odds Wit BetVictor Handicap from a rating of 73.
Ridden today by Oisin Orr, Engles Rock was short of room in rear of mid-division entering the from quarter mile but quickened well in the closing stages to edge ahead close home for a neck win over Meryems Way
Engles Rock chased home none other than Hermosa when a length second to that subsequent dual 1,000 Guineas at Galway last July and today trainer McNiff stated "she had some great some runs last year and some middling runs and I'd say an ease in the ground is essential for her.
“We've been waiting and waiting and thank god she got some ease in it today and got out and got a run.
"She probably wants further and we'll go up to a mile and hope to get an ease in the ground again next."