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Friday 30 September 2016

Winning start to season for favourite Fascinating

Fascinating Rock (pictured) got his season off to the good start with a workmanlike victory in the Listed Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown.

Representing the red-hot duo of Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen, who can do little wrong at present, he was sent off the 9-10 favourite.

Winner of the Ballysax and Derrinstown Derby Trials last season, the Fastnet Rock colt was just short of the top three-year-olds but with a winter on his back he could be a major player this season.

Running over a mile, a trip short of his best, Smullen had to keep him up to his work but he eventually saw off the persistent challenge of Seanie before Alive Alive Oh stayed on to take second, beaten a length and three-quarters. Aidan O'Brien's Cougar Mountain, who ran in three Group One sprints having won on his debut last year, stayed on nicely to claim third.

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