Wednesday 13 December 2017

Murtagh going for Gold with Peregrine

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

JOHNNY MURTAGH doesn't ride at Naas tonight, but the former champion jockey could still figure prominently in his guise as trainer courtesy of Gold Peregrine.

Murtagh hasn't ridden since being crowned leading rider at Royal Ascot on Saturday, with Niall McCullagh booked to steer this evening's nap selection in the opening two-year-old maiden.

On its Navan debut earlier this month, Gold Peregrine flashed home strongly for third spot behind Muscle Beach, having struggled for room at a critical point. While the jury ultimately remains out on the form of the race, Gold Peregrine certainly emerged with great credit.

David Wachman and Wayne Lordan are expected to claim the Prosperous Financial Services Maiden with Inkerman, which drops back to six furlongs after running well to be third over seven at Roscommon. The Charles O'Brien-trained filly Lottie Dodd is a potential threat to Inkerman, though she hasn't fulfilled the promise she showed early on as a juvenile.

Aidan and Joseph O'Brien will take plenty beating in the Oaks trial with Epsom fourth Moth. Ostensibly, this is a competitive-looking Listed heat, but Moth, third in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket prior to her Oaks turn, is surely the classiest on duty.

In both Classics, the daughter of Galileo appeared to get unbalanced, so the switch to a straightforward track over 10 furlongs ought to suit in this €50,000 affair.

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