CORMORANT and Seamie Heffernan (near side) beat Agitare in the 2-y-o Maiden.
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Aidan O’Brien ran two in the opening 1m 2-y-o Maiden at Leopardstown, and while all the money was for his newcomer Mythical (8/13 fav), it was the once-raced Cormorant (7/2) who came home in front.
Seamie Heffernan’s mount cut out the early running from Agitare (16/1) in second, and although headed by that one early in the straight, he battled back gamely to win by a short head from the Bolger-trained debutant.
Taramansour (13/2) was back in third another length and a half away, while Mythical didn’t pick up from the two pole and finished sixth.
The winner, by Kingman, cost over 1,000,000 guineas as a yearling, and had finished fourth to Free Solo over course and distance a fortnight previously.
The winning rider Seamie Heffernan remarked: “He had a lovely run and a lot of them need a first run badly.
“I was happy with him. He's clean winded and he has a real good attitude. He's highly likely to get further.”
Additional reporting by Gary Carson