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Certify (left), Doncaster 14.09.2012

Purr Along (red) was only just overhauled by Certify at Doncaster

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Al Thani buys half-share in Purr Along

EXCITING two-year-old Purr Along will carry the colours of Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani for the first time in the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp on Sunday, after the Qatar-based owner purchased a 50 per cent share in the May Hill Stakes runner-up.

The deal ensures the daughter of Mount Nelson will remain with Lambourn trainer William Muir, who is looking for a first success at the highest level in Sunday's mile contest.

"I'm absolutely delighted for everyone involved," said Muir on Tuesday. "The current owners didn't want to sell the whole lot so the deal is perfect and it's exciting to welcome such a big owner to the yard."

Purr Along will join another of Al Thani's new recruits on the Qatar Prixde l'Arc de Triomphe undercard, after the owner recently purchased Superlative and Vintage Stakes winner Olympic Glory, who will contest the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.

Both deals were brokered by Nicolas de Watrigant of Mandore International Agency. De Watrigant said: "Her run behind Certify proved she's a very promising filly and we're very excited to have completed a deal.

"She's from a great family and it means Sheikh Joaan, who is very enthusiastic about racing, will have two very nice runners on Sunday."

Muir confirmed Purr Along to be in top form before her biggest assignment to date. He added: "I couldn't be happier. Everything has gone to plan since Doncaster and we're looking forward to the Boussac."

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