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Viztoria ridden by Johnny Murtagh wins The Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital Blenheim Stakes. Picture: Niall Carson/PA wire.

Viztoria ridden by Johnny Murtagh wins The Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital Blenheim Stakes. Picture: Niall Carson/PA wire.

Viztoria ridden by Johnny Murtagh wins The Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital Blenheim Stakes. Picture: Niall Carson/PA wire.

Despite taking out his trainers licence, Johnny Murtagh has not lost his desire to ride winners, something he is keen to prove this weekend, he told The Herald yesterday.

Murtagh, has a large string to ride from his own yard, but is still looking forward to be called up in many big races this season for outside trainers, and only last weekend was in Singapore for trainer Eddie Lynam.

Again it is Lynam who calls upon Murtagh's services this weekend as he renews his partnership with leading 1000 Guineas hopeful Viztoria.

Of that filly, Murtagh said: "Viztoria runs on Sunday, but the ground is good to firm and we could do with a shower of rain for her.

"Eddie says he hopes we get the couple of showers on Saturday night as she does like soft ground and she goes through it well."

 

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And referring to Lynam's continued support Murtagh continued: "Eddie has been a big supporter of mine. Some of them (trainers) kind of think now that you are training that you've lose the appetite or forgot how to win the big races but thankfully Eddie looks beyond that.

"He can see that I'm still enjoying the riding, I still like winning and I'm the man to have on side on the big days and Eddie can see that."

The quick ground would be a slight concern but Murtagh is still confident that the filly, who is three from four in her career, can run a big race.

"She's a very nice filly, she's very tough and she's very genuine and I don't think there will be a problem with the distance as I think she'll stay the mile well but any rain on Saturday night would definitely be in her favour.

"She's very straightforward and makes the job very easy. She'd be unbeaten only for France when she was second last year and she pulled up a little bit sore after that. Eddie has his team in tip-top order and it would be great to get a Group One winner."


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