The 2009 Irish Derby winner Fame And Glory made a winning reappearance at Navan today when he held off the late challenge of Nebula Storm to land the Listed Vintage Crop Stakes over 1m 5f.
Making his seasonal debut for trainer Aidan O Brien, Fame And Glory was stepping up to 1m 5f for the first time in his career and was a short price favourite to collect.
Settled in fourth place by jockey Jamie Spencer, Fame And Glory, sent off at prohibited odds of 2-9, was always travelling well behind the good pace set by Fictional Account. The race developed in earnest when Fictional Account went for home turning into the straight. Spencer, in the colours of Fitri Hay, had Fictional Account’s moved covered and asked Fame And Glory to catch the long-time leader.
Although the response was not immediate the son of Montjeu quickened in workmanlike fashion to pass Fictional Account. Johnny Murtagh and Nebula Storm came with a late flurry down the outside and almost overhauled Fame And Glory but were half a length down at the finishing post.
This was a workmanlike performance from Fame And Glory and taken into consideration that it was his first run of the season he should come on a great deal for the run and take high order in the middle distance races in Europe this season.