Sunday 17 December 2017

Murtagh bows out in style

Johnny Murtagh's Ballydoyle swansong yielded Group One honours when Recital won the Criterium de Saint-Cloud in France.

The outgoing Coolmore-retained rider was calmness personified on Aidan O'Brien's colt, which was preserving his unbeaten record following a debut success at Navan.

Anchored towards the rear of the field early on, the Montjeu colt slowly warmed to his task before being delivered with a decisive late burst under his wise jockey's urgings. Recital was giving O'Brien a fourth Criterium success in the last 10 years.

Sunday Independent

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