Dadoozdart proved toughest in a battle for Saturday’s €100,000 Magners Ulster Derby at Down Royal.
A searching gallop turned the mile-and-a-half feature into a test of stamina and it was the Noel Meade-trained colt who found most on his first try at the trip.
King’s Vow kicked for home at the top of the hill but was soon chased through by Shane Foley’s mount.
English raider Future Investment tried to throw down a challenge over a furlong out, but it boiled down to a battle between King’s Vow and Dadoozdart in the closing stages.
The latter, a son of Dawn Approach, got his head in front in the last 50 yards to earn a hard-fought neck success.
It was compensation in the race for connections as Wingingit, who also carried the colours of Mairead Cahill, had been unlucky in running when second two years ago.
Meade said: “The plan was to go to Ascot (for King George V Stakes), but we were second reserve and we decided it wasn’t worth the risk.
“He’s a nice horse and I think he will still progress from here. Shane said he was very green and he felt like he was having his first run. He hasn’t been on a track like this before.”
It proved a memorable day for Foley with the feature race success providing the middle leg of a terrific treble on the day.
He kicked off the day in perfect style when landing the opening Rainbow Communications Maiden on 9-10 shot Invincible Diva.
The Jessica Harrington-trained filly ran out a straightforward winner as she made all over the five furlongs to record a length-and-a-three-quarters success.
Harrington also provided the winner as Foley completed his haul on 6-4 favourite Camphor in the Weatherbys Irish EBF Ulster Oaks.
It was the easiest win of the three as the Camelot filly moved up sweetly to challenge two furlongs out and powered clear inside the final furlong for a five-and-a-half-length success.
Foley said: “It’s been a fantastic day. Ulster Derby day here is always a good day and to get a treble and win the two features is great.”
Tide Of Time landed the Get Your Free Trial At racingtv.com Handicap for trainer Eddie Lynam.
Oisin Orr bounced out in front from the inside draw and his mount went on over a furlong out to record a two-length success.
The Choisir gelding left behind the form of two previous outings this term and was well backed from 9-1 into 9-2.
There was also money for Very Smart after she got in as first reserve in the Value Cabs Handicap.
Pat Martin’s filly, who had recorded her only other career win here last July, was backed from 25-1 into 10-1, and got a powerful drive from Gavin Ryan to get up close home and beat Canford Art by a neck.
Finding Nero (4-1) recorded back-to-back wins when staying on best of all in the Sean Graham Bookmakers Handicap.
Colin Keane got a good tune from the Johnny Murtagh-trained gelding to wear down Cuban Surfer inside the final furlong and record a three-quarter-length success.