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Morpho Blue makes the breakthrough

Morpho Blue leads home her rivals under Shane FoleyMorpho Blue leads home her rivals under Shane Foley
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Morpho Blue got a deserved win to her name, as she took the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap.

Just beaten a short head by subsequent Group 3 winner Happen, over the course and distance in October, the Jessica Harrington trained bay finished fourth on her return to action at Cork last month.

Sent off the 13/8 favourite this evening, the daughter of Mastercraftsman was prominent in the early stages, before eventually settling behind the leaders under Shane Foley.

She was switched to the outer to challenge a furlong and a half from home, and was pushed along to lead inside the final 200 yards, keeping on well from there to score comfortably by two and a half lengths. Time Tunnel (5/1) kept on to take second under Oisin Orr for Dermot Weld, while Mater Matuta (7/1), who led for much of the contest, was a neck back in third.

Harrington said afterwards: "She picked up well, they went quick and it suited her. Seven furlongs is about her trip but she'll get a mile.

"She is a good mover and any old ground suits her. Hopefully we'll get her up to Stakes company and that is the plan for her."

Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes

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About Donal Murphy
Donal graduated from Maynooth University in 2010 with a BBS in Equine Business and since attained a diploma in Sports Journalism from Dublin Business School. He holds a variety of roles in the horse racing industry, reporting for the Press Association and p2p.ie, while also working for SIS and the Tote. From Wexford, he is a keen runner and has completed over 100 parkruns at various locations around the country.