Aidan O'Brien wasted little time in getting off the mark for the new Irish Flat season as he recorded a 29-1 double at Naas.
Star of the show was undoubtedly Orderofthegarter (11-4), who was a most convincing winner as he made most of the running to spreadeagle the opposition in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, under O'Brien's daughter, Ana, who also won for her father on Alphabet.
O'Brien said of the well-entered son of c, who was second on both his starts as a two-year-old: "He'd a couple of good runs. He galloped home well and will get further. He'll step up now and could go to Leopardstown for a Guineas Trial."
The opening day was switched to Naas while the Curragh undergoes improvement work and it saw Alphabet (7-1) open her account in impressive fashion when having her first start for O'Brien in the Weatherbys GSB Goes Online Maiden. Having shown bits of form in three starts for the now-retired David Wachman last term, the daughter of Lawman turned the six-furlong heat into a procession as she stormed home by five and and a half lengths.
O''Brien said: "David liked her last year, but his horses were sick. He thought she was quick, and she seems to handle any ground. She jumped and travelled very strongly. We are happy with the way the horses have run today. You are never sure how forward they are at this time of the year before you run. We won't have a two-year-old runner out until the Dundalk meeting (April 12) or maybe the meeting here the weekend before that. They will be just ready to start."