Cape Gentleman proved a shrewd buy by connections, as he landed the Paddy Power Irish Cesarewitch on simply his second in Ireland.
A winner on his third outing at Clairefontaine in August of final 12 months, the son of Champs Elysees then modified fingers for E80,000.
A tremendous second to Mt Leinster on his Irish debut at Listowel final month, the chestnut gelding was despatched off a 15/2 this afternoon, making his debut in handicap firm.
Settled behind the leaders by Ronan Whelan, the Margaret O’Rourke owned four-year-old took over in entrance from secure mate Sneaky Getaway on the two furlong pole.
He stored on nicely inside the ultimate furlong, going to prevail by two lengths from the Luke Comer-trained 100/1 likelihood Aircraft Carrier in second.
De Name Escapes Me (18/1) completed one other size and a half again in third, whereas Brazos, who received this race in 2018, completed fourth.
Royal Illusion and Run For Mary had been despatched off the three/1 joint-favourites and so they completed sixth and fourteenth respectively.
Mullins mentioned afterwards: “We bought this horse a 12 months in the past and it is all labored out nicely. We had him able to go in the course of the summer time and he simply met with just a little hiccup and it was nice to get the run into him at Listowel coming right here.
“My solely fear was that he hadn’t ran for a 12 months and it was simply 16 days again from the Listowel run. It was a fast sufficient turnaround contemplating that he hadn’t run for a 12 months.
“This is a big race to win. We’ll see what the handicapper will do now. He was primarily purchased to leap hurdles and I’m positive he’ll do this at some stage.
“We have choices now and we’re in a very good place.”