Tuesday 25 July 2017

Murtagh ready to give rivals a History lesson

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Having justified John Oxx's decision to supplement her for the Irish 1,000 Guineas by running a close sixth behind Misty For Me, History Note warrants support in tonight's feature event at Fairyhouse.

The seven-race card will be the Meath venue's first Flat fixture this term, as problems with the ground meant that its previous two scheduled meetings had to be moved elsewhere.

Following a Turf Club inspection last week, the course was passed fit for racing just in time to hold its only Group race, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Brownstown Stakes, and the official going is good, good to firm in places.

Among History Note's nine rivals in the Group Three will be Claiomh Solais. Jim Bolger's filly finished in front of the selection when fourth in the Guineas, but was well held behind Misty For Me in the Pretty Polly Stakes on Saturday.

Rose Bonheur, ninth in the Guineas and a subsequent winner at Naas, is also in the line-up, as are the English-based pair Agony And Ecstasy and Sharnberry. The latter, representing Ed Dunlop and Kieren Fallon, finished fifth in the French Guineas.

However, with just three runs to her name, History Note remains unexposed, so she could cap what promises to be a fruitful evening for her rider Johnny Murtagh.

In the first and last race maidens, the former champion jockey has serious claims on Bible Black and Kastania, respectively.

The Ger Lyons-trained Bible Black, runner-up in a decent juvenile maiden at Dundalk in April, is fancied to have the class to repel Tommy Stack's Vegas Rocks now that it steps up to six furlongs.

Kastania's older horses' maiden is less easy to narrow down.

Sam Lord's Castle has shown useful form for Aidan O'Brien, as has Sinnamara for Kastania's owner the Aga Khan. Nonetheless, Kastania didn't do too much wrong when second to her stablemate Kalabaya at Limerick a fortnight ago, and the switch to a full 12 furlongs may be to her advantage now.

In the €5 Summer Admission At Fairyhouse Handicap, Good To Follow is also taken to improve on his recent second to the in-form Ted Dolly at Cork, while Little Arrows could further boost that one's reputation in the Jogforjockeys.ie handicap. Ken Condon's charge kept on well to be fourth to Ted Dolly over a mile at Naas last week, and the step up to 10 furlongs here should suit.

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