Murtagh lands 86/1 treble at Tipperary


Johnny Murtagh was the star of the show at Tipperary’s all flat evening meeting where he landed a smashing 86/1 treble which included the feature event, the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fairy Bridge Stakes, a Listed race for Fillies and Mares, which boasted a winner’s prize of 39,000 euro.

Murtagh’s evening began with with second places in the first two races but he clicked into top gear in the third when partnering the well-backed 7/2 favourite Ultra Cool to take the Glenvale Stud handicap for Lusk, Co. Dublin trainer Adrian McGuinness. Having taken third place in the fourth race Murtagh was back in the winner’s enclosure after partnering Buffalo Billy to victory in the Camas Park Stud European Breeders Fund maiden. Trained by John Oxx, Buffalo Billy led inside the final furlong to account for Absolute Crackers by a length with Livia Galilei a head back in third place. Johnny Murtagh went on to land his treble in fine style in the major race of the evening and again John Oxx was the winning trainer. Alanza was the filly which took the big prize and although she had drifted from 7/2 to 9/2 in the betting ring she was produced by her rider to come from last first with a fine turn of foot that carried her to a three quarter length win over the Dermot Weld trained Anam Allta with Claiomh Solais a length back in third place.

Earlier, the opening event of the evening, the Meadowview Stables Maiden, run over the five furlong trip was won in impressive style by the Dermot Weld trained 2/1 chance Olfa.

Joe Eile was favourite for the Costello Tavern Race run over nine furlongs but this gelding trained by Gary Lyons and partnered by Murtagh found one too good in the shape of Brown Butterfly from the in form Kevin Prendergast stable. Ken Condon whose yard is based in Maynooth, Co. Kildare is enjoying a great year and he added another success to his tally in the Mocklershill Stables Race when the well supported 9/2 chance Bay Night.

The final race of the evening The Gain Horse Feeds Supporting ITBA Southern Region Handicap produced a shock result with the 25/1 chance Crusoe’s Return coming from way off the pace for rider Pat Shanahan to score by a length.