Monday 19 February 2018

Ardbrae Tara can continue Murphy's rich vein of form

Gary Carroll will steer Ardbrae Tara at Fairyhouse tonight. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Gary Carroll will steer Ardbrae Tara at Fairyhouse tonight. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Joe Murphy's in-form stable is again trusted to land the nap at Fairyhouse tonight when Ardbrae Tara steps up in distance for the concluding 10-furlong maiden.

Murphy's Nancy Rose did the honours at Ballinrobe on Monday, a day after the shrewd Fethard handler saddled Euphrasia to finish a gallant third in the Tattersalls Gold Cup.

Ardbrae Tara is a Galileo three-year-old out of Ardbrae Lady, which was also placed in two Group Ones for Murphy.

She is expected to live up to her pedigree under Gary Carroll tonight, having really caught the eye when staying on stoutly to be fourth of 18 behind Tango Time over a mile at Cork last Friday.

If she comes on for that on what is just her third start, she could take a bit of stopping.

Circling, Diywala and Focus Mor are three that hail from more high-profile establishments that have already shown distinct promise, while Sierra Sun debuts for Dermot Weld.

Any of that quartet could foil the selection, but the suspicion is that Murphy's filly has the scope to collect.

Carroll is also tipped to take the seven-furlong maiden aboard Ger Lyons-trained Mansuri. Over 10 furlongs at Roscommon last time, the Piccolo three-year-old didn't quite get home, so he warrants another chance now that he drops back in trip.

The card's most valuable contest is the €15,000 Lyrath Estate-sponsored conditions race over six furlongs.

Mick Halford has booked Conor Hoban for the top-rated Kernoff, with his first jockey Shane Foley on the recent stable acquisition Wind Inher Sleeves.


Kernoff has been held by Wind Inher Sleeves on the three occasions that they have clashed, and that might be the case again.

On her debut for Halford at Naas recently, the Dundalk maiden winner kept on gamely to be second to the smart Due Diligence in soft ground, form that reads well in the contest of the seven rivals that she will encounter here.

Foley might also take the opening juvenile race aboard Jessica Harrington's Jack Naylor, which finished with a real flourish to be fifth to Herewego on its Leopardstown bow. Zebed is an interesting representative from the John Oxx yard, but Splashtop is probably the main danger.

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