Martin Dwyer told William Muir to take a chance in France with Purr AlongPICTURE: Getty Images
Along leaves Muir purring at Deauville
Report: France, Saturday
Deauville: Prix du Calvados - Haras des Capucines (Group 3) 7f, 2yo fillies
PURR ALONG cemented a long-lasting affair with France for trainer William Muir by providing him with a first winner at Deauville and in the process earned her passage for the country's premier two-year-old race for fillies on Arc day.
The twice-raced daughter of Mount Nelson got the better of a blanket finish under Umberto Rispoli, finishing a short neck ahead of the dead-heating Premier Steps, trained by Tom Dascombe, and Sara Lucille.
"We said before we came that if she won we'd probably have no choice but to enter her in the Marcel Boussac on Tuesday," revealed Muir.
"My son-in-law Martin Dwyer rides her all the time and after she worked on Tueday he said she'll win," said Muir, whose French raids have yielded a Listed win and a Group 2 second with Stepper Point in the last 12 months.
Dwyer couldn't take the ride as he was at Newbury, causing Muir to reconsider his options: "He [Dwyer] said to come anyway and that she'd win, because he thought she was really unlucky when she got hampered twice last time at Sandown," continued the trainer.
Rispoli was enjoying his first Group success in France but was still hard on himself afterwards. "The jockey said he was in front too soon and that he'd have won by further if he'd waited a bit longer," reported Muir.