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Glory for Murtagh and O'Brien


Johnny Murtagh

Johnny Murtagh

Johnny Murtagh

Johnny Murtagh's Ballydoyle swansong yielded Group One honours when Recital won the Criterium de Saint-Cloud in France.

The outgoing Coolmore-retained rider was calmness personified on Aidan O'Brien's colt, who was preserving his unbeaten record following a debut success at Navan.

Anchored towards the rear of the field early on, the Montjeu colt slowly warmed to his task before being delivered with a decisive late burst under his jockey's urgings, beating Bubble Chic by five lengths.

Recital was giving O'Brien a fourth Criterium success in the last 10 years and had stable companion Exodus back in fourth.