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Murphy hoping for Shepherd's deligh
30 Aug 2014 14:02
Trainer Joe Murphy admits lack of experience is a concern for Shepherd's Purse as the exciting juvenile turns out for the second successive weekend in the Nestle Supporting Irish Autism Action Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
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The Pastoral Pursuits colt made a big impression when winning in maiden company over course and distance last Saturday and is immediately stepped up to Group Three level due to a lack of suitable opportunities.
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Murphy said: "It might be coming a bit soon for him, but if you look at the calendar there aren't a lot of races left for him to run in.
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"He's come out of last week's race well and there is no reason not to run him.
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"You'd prefer to have a bit more experience before taking on the better horses as he might be a bit green, but the only way to get rid of that greenness is to run him in the better races.
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"If he runs a nice race, we'll be happy, and I'm sure whatever he does he'll learn from it. That's the way we're looking at it."
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Three-times winner Cappella Sansevero undoubtedly sets the standard, having also filled the runner-up spot in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.
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Most recently she finished third in the Group One Phoenix Stakes.
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Aidan O'Brien's War Envoy and the Michael O'Callaghan-trained Rapid Applause have also shown up well in Pattern company, with maiden winners Invincible Diamond and Blackbriar adding further strength in depth.
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It took Tommy Stack's Blackbriar seven attempts to get off the mark, but she did so in style at Cork earlier in the month.
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