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Euphrasia set for Champions Weekend

Updated: Monday, 25 Aug 2014 12:56 | Comments

Euphrasia (l) was fifth at Deauville on Sunday
Euphrasia (l) was fifth at Deauville on Sunday

An appearance on Irish Champions Weekend in September appears likely for Euphrasia following a pleasing return to action in France on Sunday.

Joe Murphy's mare had been off the track since finishing third in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh three months ago, but performed with plenty of credit to take fifth spot in the Group One Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville.

With soft ground an important factor, connections are keen to keep their options open for the rest of the campaign.

"We were happy with the run, but maybe a bit disappointed with the result," said Joe Murphy jnr, the Tipperary trainer's son and assistant.

"She ran well, but she was a bit fresh and did a bit too much down the back.

"She normally comes home well, but she just galloped on at the one pace in the straight.

"She hadn't run since May, so you would expect her to improve for the run.

"She's in the Blandford Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh (14 September) and also the Matron at Leopardstown a day earlier, but she'd only run in the Matron if it was soft as a mile is as short as she'd want to go.

"Later on she's in the Group One on Champions Day at Ascot (British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, 18 October), so we'll see.

"The ground does seem to be important to her. We can't really understand it as her action and the way she works at home doesn't suggest she needs soft ground, but that doesn't translate to the track.

"The formbook tells you she's better when the ground is soft."

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