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Monday 23 October 2017

Murphy hoping for rain before Curragh call on Euphrasia

TRAINER Joe Murphy insists ground conditions will be key to deciding where stable star Euphrasia makes her next competitive appearance.

The five-year-old won at Listed and Group Three level in 2013 and was last seen turning in a career-best effort to finish third behind Noble Mission and Magician in the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May.

She holds entries in this weekend's Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh and the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, but Murphy is unwilling to commit to any targets at this stage.

He said: "It's all ground related. We need a bit of ease in the ground to be going anywhere with her.

OPTIONS

"She's left in the race on Sunday at the moment.

"They are saying the rain could come on Thursday, so we'll see.

"She's in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood and has plenty of options.

"She's done her job, having been placed in a Group One.

"They are obviously the hardest races to win, but she might just nick one if things go her way."

FRANKIE DETTORI is set to renew his association with Wesley Ward this weekend after the American trainer revealed he will use the Italian during the opening weekend of the season at Saratoga.

The Italian steered the Ward-trained Undrafted to finish fourth in the July Cup at Newmarket and the trainer hopes it will be the start of a good relationship.

He said: "Hopefully Frankie is going to come over for racing on Friday and will ride through until Monday.

UNBEATEN

"I should have eight or nine horses for him to ride over the weekend, including an unbeaten two-year-old called Bessie's Boy, who is down to run in the Sandford Stakes, which is quite a prestigious race.

"We'll have a few other stakes horses running, so it should be a good weekend," he added.

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