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Olympic Shadow for Murphy

CIARAN Murphy's attention will be occupied by the Olympics but he must refocus today for a piece of his own glory on the opening evening of the Galway Festival.

The amateur rider's twin brother, Joseph, is competing for Ireland in both the individual and team three-day eventing and posted a respectable score of 55.60 in the dressage aboard Electric Cruise.

Joseph will have completed the cross-country section by the time Ciaran gets the leg-up on Shadow Eile in the feature Carlton Hotel Galway City (Q.R.) Handicap.

The Murphy siblings sharpened their skills with local Mullingar trainer Dot Love, a former eventer who also has racehorses, and Ciaran is her assistant.

Shadow Eile, who carries top weight in this ultra-competitive two-mile event, won a Grade Two novice hurdle at Fairyhouse in April and successfully turned her hand to the Flat in a maiden at Ballinrobe a week ago.

"We went to see Joseph in the dressage at Greenwich and he went really well, it was very exciting," said Love.

"We will watch the rest on television as it's time for Galway now. Ciaran rides Shadow Eile and she's absolutely fabulous.

"She ran so well on the Flat the other day but is carrying a lot of weight."

The mare is also engaged in Thursday's Guinness Galway Handicap Hurdle and Love said: "She was a fair way down in the weights and we are waiting to see if other horses drop out, but the race was the aim and she could certainly run in both."