David O’Meara completed a fine day at the Curragh as Larchmont Lad ran his rivals into the ground to lift the Group Two honours in the Friarstown Stud Minstrel Stakes.
The four-year-old led home a one-two for trainer O’Meara with So Beloved taking the runner-up spot.
James Doyle dictated affairs from the outset on the consistent colt, wearing the colours of Cheveley Park Stud.
Ryan Moore tried to deliver the Aidan O’Brien-trained 11-8 favourite St Patrick’s Day with a serious bid, but his challenge was short-lived.
It was left to Danny Tudhope to come late on So Beloved to claim second place for the second year running behind the 4-1 winner, with Fas third.
Doyle was completing a double after his win on Marie’s Diamond in the Minstrel Stakes, as was O’Meara, who was successful with Intisaab in the valuable Scurry Handicap.
“We were hopeful that both horses had a great chance coming over,” said O’Meara of his Minstrel pair.
“I feel a small bit sorry for the owner of the second, Steve Barker, who is here, but someone had to win it and I’m glad Larchmont Lad did it for Cheveley Park as well.
“He was unlucky when he came over (to Leopardstown) last year and won and subsequently lost it in the stewards’ room.
“For Mr and Mrs Thompson (of Cheveley Park) to allow me to take him back here and win a race is good.
“He’s a very straightforward horse and he’s quite tough. I gave James a free hand to do what he wanted and he gave him a fantastic ride.
“I’ll speak to Chris Richardson, who manages all the horses for Cheveley Park and see what he wants to do now.
“So Beloved is an eight-year-old and it’s a credit to him to still be running so well at this age. He’ll probably go to the Lennox (at Goodwood) next and have a crack at that.
“He ran a really good race there last year when fifth and not beaten far.”
Intisaab was bouncing back to form in landing the Tote-sponsored Scurry Handicap.
Out of luck in such hot races as the Wokingham at Royal Ascot and the Group Three Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle since winning at Haydock in May, O’Meara’s seven-year-old came good in this Premier Handicap over six furlongs.
Intisaab (8-1) had been dropped 6lb in the ratings since that last success and it was enough to see him get back to winning ways.
Shepherd’s Purse made most of the early running down the near side until the race opened up in the last quarter-mile, with Ardhoomey putting in a strong bid.
But it was Intisaab, in the hands of Danny Tudhope, who held the aces to score by three-quarters of a length.
Ardhoomey was second with Gunmetal a length and a quarter away in third and Blairmayne fourth.
“That was great. He’s a very good horse. He won in Qatar this year, a very valuable race out there, and won a conditions race at Haydock, so he’s borderline better than handicap company at his best,” said O’Meara.
“He seems to like big fields and quick conditions to really show his best. That suited him down to the ground and the further he went in the race, the better he was looking.
“He could possibly come back here for Irish Champions Weekend. He was second in the Bold Lad here two years ago to David Barron’s New Bidder.”
Elsewhere, Guaranteed could be headed for the Group Two Futurity Stakes back at the Curragh after getting off the mark at the County Kildare track in the Club Godolphin Irish EBF Maiden.
Racegoers were treated to a thriller, as Jim Bolger’s youngster just got the better of Mount Tabora over the seven furlongs.
Guaranteed (4-1) set out to make all under Kevin Manning, but looked set to repeat his debut second over the course and distance when headed by Aidan O’Brien’s charge.
However, the son of Teofilo, a previous winner of this race, battled back bravely to score by a head.
“He has a bit of learning to do yet. He was green the last day and was still green today. He’s still a work in progress,” said Bolger.
“He’s in the Futurity and that’s a possibility. Bold Approach will run in the Tyros on Thursday (at Leopardstown) and we’ll be keeping them apart.”