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Donal Murphy

Donal Murphy

Morpho Blue makes the breakthrough

Thu 13th Jun 2019, 18:40

Morpho Blue leads home her rivals under Shane Foley
© Photo Healy Racing

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

1st
13/8Fav
Tote €2.20 €1.02
2nd
2.5L
5/1
€1.70
3rd
nk
7/1
€1.40
4th
0.75L
3/1