The Barronstown-bred Mount Fuji (2c Dark Angel – Shermeen, by Desert Style) made a winning debut for Aidan O’Brien when scoring over five furlongs at Cork.
Ridden mid-division in a field of ten, Seamie Heffernan asked the grey to quicken at halfway, with the colt running on well inside the final furlong to beat the well-bred Invincible Diva by half a length.
O’Brien commented after the race, “We were delighted with him for his first start – they can be green and he was green. We think he could be an Ascot two-year-old and whether he’ll have a run or not will depend on if we can get a race into him. He’s a nice colt, I’d say. Five or six furlongs would be what we’d be looking at for Ascot, he’s not short of speed.”
Mount Fuji is a half-brother to Group 1 Phoenix Stakes winner Sudirman, out of Cornwallis Stakes third Shermeen.