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Vert De Grece on his way to Far East after being sold

Trainer Joe Murphy has confirmed his exciting juvenile Vert De Grece has been sold to race out in Hong Kong.

The two-year-old was runner-up on his debut at Leopardstown before going one better at the same track in early August.

He was last seen filling the runner-up spot behind the exciting Gleneagles in the Futurity Stakes at the Curragh, but he has now moved on to pastures new.

Murphy said: "He's gone to Hong Kong. We did the deal about a fortnight ago.

"We're only a small yard and we received an offer we couldn't turn down."


Although Vert De Grece has now moved on, Murphy still has a talented youngster in his yard in the shape of Shepherd's Purse.

The Pastoral Pursuits colt bolted up on his racecourse introduction at the Curragh and was far from disgraced when fourth in the Round Tower Stakes on his next start.

"Shepherd's Purse is fine, we're very pleased with him and there are a few options we're looking at," said Murphy.

"There's the Killavullan Stakes in Leopardstown (October 25), there's a race in Newbury (Horris Hill Stakes) on the same day and there is a race at Maisons-Laffitte as well (Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte, November 4).

"We'll see how he is nearer the time and decide where to go."