Murtagh gunning for more Saturday glory
BIG-RACE ace Johnny Murtagh aims to net a handsome windfall when he bids to land the £270,000 first prize on Toofi in the Tattersalls Millions 2YO Trophy at Newmarket this afternoon.
A week ago for the same connections of Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar and trainer Roger Varian, Murtagh rode Princess Noor to fill second place in the Cheveley Park Stakes.
Today he takes over on Toofi, who won the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Median Auction Trophy last time, in which he beat Jallotta by a length and now tries an extra furlong in an 18-runner field packed with promising colts.
Varian said: "He hasn't put a foot wrong since winning at Newmarket. He'll have to improve another pound or two in this competitive race but he should stay the trip and I think he'll run well."
Aidan O'Brien looks to have a leading chance in the shape of Oklahoma City. He said: "He ran a good race when second in the Beresford Stakes last Sunday and, while we're running him back quite soon, he seems to have come out of his Curragh race well. He's won well over six furlongs and Sunday's race was over a mile, so seven furlongs should be fine for him."
Richard Hannon often does well in sales races and he said of his runner Bon Voyage: "He's run three cracking races and it's surprising he's still a maiden, but he's not done a lot wrong, and this seven [furlongs] will suit him too."
As well as Newmarket, racing in Britain comes from Ascot, Fontwell and Redcar this afternoon plus Wolverhampton tonight.
The card at Gowran Park sees the return of Sizing Europe, the Arc meeting gets underway at Longchamp while there are seven Grade 1s in America later on tonight through into the early hours of tomorrow morning.
Cirrus Des Aigles has career figures of 111121 (beaten a head when second) when racing over 1m2f at Longchamp. He goes over that trip in the Prix Dollar (3.15)
Pointer courtesy of Raceform Interactive
Fontwell Park: good, good to soft in places
Newmarket: good to firm, good in places
Redcar: good to firm, good in places