Anthony Van Dyck produced a telling turn of foot to claim an impressive success in the Japan Racing Association Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown.
Aidan O’Brien’s charge was sent off the 8-11 favourite after running out an easy winner at Killarney last time and Ryan Moore was content to bide his time through the early stages as Copia Verborum set the early pace.
Turning for home in the seven-furlong heat, Copia Verborum was still in control and Moore appeared to be pushing along on Anthony Van Dyck.
However, the Galileo colt found his stride in the final furlong, breezing past Copia Verborum to win by four and three-quarter lengths
Bold Approach kept on to finish second of the five runners.
O’Brien said: “You’d be delighted with that. We always thought he was a horse that was going to get a mile well, and he did in Killarney, and when you see him doing that he’s obviously a smart colt.
“I didn’t see Ryan as he was gone when I got down but he said to the lads that he felt like a very nice horse.
“We were happy to make the running if we had to. It was decisive enough in the end.
“We thought that he would stay very well but looking at him there he doesn’t have to go back to a mile.
“We were very happy and I’d say he’ll probably go for something like the Futurity and then the National Stakes.
“I’m sure there will be plenty of them have to go to a mile but looking at him there today you wouldn’t say he’d have to. He got it very well in Killarney.”