Mattmu (far side): just got the better of Toscanini to win by a short headPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Mattmu gets the better of Toscanini in photo-finish
Report: Curragh, Sunday
Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club Phoenix Sprint Stakes (Group 3) 6f, 3yo+
AFTER six furlongs run at an eyeballs-out gallop with never more than a neck between the two it took a photo-finish to separate Mattmu and Toscanini, with the Tim Easterby-trained three-year-old just coming out on top.
Toscanini's stablemate Russian Soul took the field along during the early stages with the main players in close attendance and as the race began to hot up it was Toscanini that came to the fore.
Entering the final furlong he still held a slight advantage under William Buick, who was all out to repel the driving David Allan on Mattmu, but he had no more than a head over his rival and that margin was eroded as the finish line approached with Mattmu a short head to the good by the line.
Allan said: "That's my first winner in Ireland. Mattmu is as hard as nails, a really tough three-year-old. He's finished out of the first three only once and that was at Haydock where the ground was very loose and he couldn't get a grip."