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Michael Graham

Michael Graham

Shartash to aim for sprinting prizes

Thu 6th Oct 2022, 10:22

Shartash (green colours) beating Blackbeard in the Railway StakesShartash (green colours) beating Blackbeard in the Railway Stakes
© Photo Healy Racing

The Johnny Murtagh-trained Shartash looks set to have a sprinting campaign next season following his fourth placed effort in Group 1 company at Longchamp on Sunday.

The Aga Khan-owned colt went to post even-money favourite for the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere but faded in the closing stages after racing keenly.

It was a third straight run in Group 1 company by the Invincible Spirit colt who had been third in both the Phoenix Stakes and National Stakes.

He had edged out Blackbeard in the Group 2 Railway Stakes, also at the Curragh, back in June.

"He's good. He was a little bit tired for the first couple of days,” reported Murtagh.

"Looking at it firstly, I thought he was coming to win and just the last 50 yards, he did the same in the Curragh. I think he might be just a six-furlong horse on that ground.

"I thought he would get seven (furlongs) being an Aga Khan family, but his last two runs suggest he didn't get home the last bit so maybe six is his goal.

"The Commonwealth Cup is what we are training him for."