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Johnny Murtagh seeking Tipperary victory

Updated: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 15:25 | Comments

Johnny Murtagh has high hopes for Purr Along
Johnny Murtagh has high hopes for Purr Along

Ebor-winning trainer Johnny Murtagh strives to collect another good prize with Purr Along in the Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary.

The ex-William Muir inmate began her Irish career with a bang, springing a 20-1 surprise in a Curragh Group Three in March, and has since proved that was no fluke by making the frame at Royal Ascot before an honourable fourth in the Falmouth.

She must concede weight to some classy fillies here, not least the Dermot Weld duo of Big Break and Tested, with the latter in particular a tough nut to crack following her narrow defeat at the hands of Murtagh's Dalkova at the Galway Festival.

Aidan O'Brien is adopting a patient approach with Red Rocks Point and appears to have spotted another decent opportunity for last week's Killarney victor in the Follow Tipperary Races On Facebook Race, with some big-race entries further down the line should he warrant them.

The Ballydoyle handler throws two arrows at the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery Handicap, with consistent top-weight Toscanelli joined by stablemate Cocoon, who has shown little of any note in maiden company.

Fit For The Job and Fields Of May struck on their most recent outings, as did Puck Fair, who gives Murtagh further claims of success on the card.

Hail The Hero made subsequent Futurity runner-up Vert De Grece pull out all the stops at Leopardstown so he sets a good standard in the Camas Park Stud EBF Maiden.

Intense Light has also kept decent company - she was fourth in a Listed race on her introduction - but she hasn't been seen since October so the market may be the best clue to her claims in the opening Glenvale Stud Maiden at 5.00.

Kodiac's Back aims to better last week's Killarney second in the Follow TipperaryRaces On Twitter Handicap, while Aurelia Cotta bids to make it four from her last five in the Meadowview Stables Handicap.

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