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Horse Racing: ADORED IS JUDD RIGHT FOR JOHNNY; Murtagh on board for Oaks.


JOHNNY Murtagh will ride Adored in Friday's Juddmonte Oaks at Epsom.

In his first season as stable-jockey to Aidan O'Brien and with five Group 1 prizes already in the bag this season, Murtagh was expected to partner Cheshire Oaks heroine Sail in the fillies classic at Epsom.

But, following the tell-tale signal of consistent support for Adored yesterday, confirmation emerged last evening that Murtagh will be on board the Galileo filly, runaway winner of a Gowran Park maiden before beating lowly-rated stable-companion Tiffany Diamond (a subsequent maiden winner at the Curragh) in the Group 3 Blue Wind Stakes at Naas.

With no less than seven fillies still engaged, Aidan O'Brien must finalise his Oaks plans ahead of this morningis overnight declaration stage.

And, following the final workout done by his Vodafone Derby hopefuls, riding arrangements for Saturday's big race are also expected today.

Johnny Murtagh is widely expected to partner Dante runner-up Frozen Fire. But nothing is certain. And reports that King Of Rome, runner-up to stable-companion Alessandro Volta in the Lingfield Derby Trial, sparkled in a gallop last week and attracted market support, has confused matters.

But, while punters begin to focus their attention on the action at Epsom this week, Leopardstown will stage a seven-race card tonight, featuring the Group 3 Ballyogan Stakes and the listed Glencairn Stakes.

The Dermot Weld-trained Campfire Glow, although disappointing in her comeback run at the Curragh, is a hopeful choice for the Ballyogan over six furlongs.

Fifth to Juddmonte Oaks favourite Lush Lashes in the Goffs Fillies Million last September, this Invincible Spirit filly should appreciate dropping back to six furlongs on quick ground.

Conqueror of subsequent Group 1 winner Listen in the Debutante Stakes last September, Campfire Glow looks a potentially smart sprinter, capable of landing this prize.

Cartimandua, which had Monday's Naas runner-up Day By Day back in third place when scoring at Nottingham last time, might prove best of the three British challengers.

My Girl Sophie, on a hat-trick, faces a tough task than when scoring at Naas on Monday, while That's Hot, narrowly beaten by Liscanna in this race 12 months ago, looks the better of Ger Lyons' two runners.


MURTAGH: Completed Guineas double at the Curragh
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 4, 2008
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