Murtagh on mark for Oxx at Tipperary
John Oxx heads into Guineas weekend in excellent form after Hartani further highlighted his string's current well-being with a gritty all-the-way success at Tipperary.
Sent off the well-backed 11/8 favourite for the opening conditions race, Johnny Murtagh soon had his mount in the box seat at the head of affairs.
The dangers appeared to be stacking up on the turn for home and Montebell emerged as the most likely threat passing the furlong marker, but Hartani kept finding for pressure and dug deep to score by a length and a half.
Murtagh immediately followed up on Andrew Heffernan's newcomer Zoola (6/1) in the EBF auction maiden.
Ronan Whelan gave Queen Grace an enterprising ride up the centre of the track to land the sprint handicap by three parts of a lengths from Judies Child and Faleena.
Mick Halford's Sharp And Smart left it late when justifying 7/2 favouritism in the Kilfeacle Stud 'Portrait Gallery' Handicap, while the mares' bumper went the way of Thomas Cummins' Millie Le Bach.