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  • Ansgar Bidding To Bounce Back

Michael Murphy Home Furnishing Minstrel Stakes (Group 3) 7f

  • (3yo+, 7f, Class 1, 8 runners)
  • Winner €39,000 2nd €11,400 3rd €5,400 4th €1,800
  • Going: Good to Firm (Firm in places on Round Course)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 23.11s
  • Off time: 16:40:11
Full result
Result 16:40 Curragh
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Ansgar 8/1
2nd 1 Darwin 1 6/4f
3rd 3 Eastern Rules nk 10/3
  • Last Updated: July 18 2014, 15:36 BST

Views from connections ahead of the Michael Murphy Home Furnishings Minstreal Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday.

Ansgar: Bids to put an injury problem behind him at the Curragh.
Ansgar: Bids to put an injury problem behind him at the Curragh.

Sabrina Harty will have her fingers firmly crossed Ansgar shows no effects from the splint problem he suffered after running at Royal Ascot when he returns to action in the Michael Murphy Home Furnshings Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday.

The six-year-old was found to be lame when last of 10 behind Toronado in the Queen Anne Stakes, but he has been working well of late and Harty feels the time is right to get him back on the racecourse.

"Ansgar's in great form. He was throwing a splint after Ascot. He got away with it in the race but he was switching leads and was lame after the race," said the Newbridge trainer.

"It seems to have settled down nicely so it's fingers crossed. If it's okay he'll run a big race. You never know with these things, but he's well and we have to take our chance as he's ground dependent.

"He's moving great at the moment, so we are hopeful it has settled down."

Harty also saddles Exactement, who reappears just five days after finishing seventh behind Darley Irish Oaks contender Palace at Killarney.

"She's in good form. She ran well in Killarney, where she had a terrible draw. If she'd been drawn better she'd have been thereabouts," she said.

"She was staying on well but she was wide all the way. She was drawn 10 and had no chance really. If she had been drawn better she'd have been placed, but she's come out of very fresh and well."

Waltzing Matilda put up a good performance when fifth in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot on what was only her third career start.

Connections of the Tommy Stack-trained three-year-old are hoping she can step up from that decent effort.

"She ran well at Ascot and that form would give her a chance I would imagine," said Stack's son and assistant, Fozzy.

"She seems in good order and this is a good place to start her back. We'd prefer to run her over further but we have to start her somewhere."

Two other Jersey also-rans, Paul Deegan's Shining Emerald (11th) and the Aidan O'Brien-trained Michaelmas (13th), will try to do better.

O'Brien also saddles likely favourite Darwin, who bids to follow up his recent Listed success at Fairyhouse.