Monday 26 September 2016

Murphy banking on Camellia

Published 08/08/2015 | 19:48

Camellia Japonica (far side) just missed out on her debut
Camellia Japonica (far side) just missed out on her debut

Joseph Murphy's Camellia Japonica is back in action at the Curragh on Sunday in the seven-furlong Loder European Breeders Fund Fillies Race after a debut performance laden with potential.

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The daughter of Zoffany kept on well to get within half a length of Jim Bolger's newcomer Leafy Shade in a six-furlong juvenile maiden at Headquarters last month and the step up in trip looks sure to suit.

Bolger has won five of the last eight runnings of this race so his unraced Teofilo filly Ceol An Ghra merits maximum respect.

Sea The Stars is well represented by two of his sons in the opening Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital European Breeders Fund Maiden. The pair - Sea Of Mystery (John Oxx) and Stellar Mass (Bolger) - arrive at the racecourse for the first time and market moves would be significant.

Aidan O'Brien introduces Beacon Rock and Cole Porter in what could be an informative maiden.

Captain Cullen boasts solid form credentials in the Gabriel Curran Memorial Handicap over seven furlongs. Joseph Murray's charge was beaten a length by the progressive Have A Nice Day over this course and distance when last seen in July. Ian Queally has partnered him to two runner-up finishes and may make it third time lucky.

Oxx's Frozen Lake, in his first handicap off 78, has to be considered on the back of a Fairyhouse maiden victory.

The Tipperary Crystal Handicap sees a clash between four horses successful on their last appearances. Eighteen Summers is a former course winner who won comfortably in Cork during the week. He will appeal to many under the mandatory 5lb penalty.

Romiac has gone up a stone for winning in Galway and tries a mile for the first time but cannot be ruled out after that impressive victory.

China Eyes might be a bit of value in the Jog For Jockeys 23rd August Nursery Handicap. She was not disgraced behind Independence Day and subsequent Group Two Norfolk Stakes hero Waterloo Bridge in her last two maidens and can outrun her odds.

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