I Can Fly won for the first time since her debut 11 months ago with a clear-cut victory in the Racing Post Vincent O’Brien Ruby Stakes at Killarney.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly had been highly-tried earlier in the season, running in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Oaks at Epsom.
She had a break after those hard races and made an encouraging return to action when fourth in a Listed race at Galway.
Sticking to that grade, I Can Fly (2-1 favourite) enjoyed a comfortable success by three and a quarter lengths in the hands of Seamie Heffernan.
Rionach was second, with Marshall Jennings a further length away in third.
“I rated her very highly and she disappointed twice,” said Heffernan.
“She came of out of the Oaks a little worse than we expected and there were a few of them coming out of the race worse than we expected.
“The season doesn’t wait for anyone and if we keep running them the odd one will win and get placed, but I don’t think they’re full firing. She has outclassed them today, but is a hell of a lot better.
“I fancied her for the Guineas in May, so we’ll see. I had loads of confidence going out today, but had plenty of confidence going to the start in the Guineas, but it didn’t happen.
“I was confident in May and hopefully she can pull it together now.”