Meaningful Vote battled well to land the Nursery Handicap at Galway on Monday under jockey Conor Maxwell for owner Anthony Cullinan.

Running in first-time cheek-pieces, the son of Pivotal raced in mid-division and began to make headway coming into the straight. Responding all the way to the line he stayed on gamely to  score by a head.

“He works well at home but got lost in his maidens, it was his first handicap today and the cheek-pieces helped him an awful lot.

“He loves that ground, he made hard work through the race but finished it out well and hopefully will improve for it.” jockey Conor Maxwell.