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Harrington wants champion feeling after Leopardstown joy


By Ron McKnight

Jessica Harrington has set her sights on Irish Champions Weekend with Pincheck following his clear-cut victory in the Invesco Pension Consultants Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday.

The four-year-old returned from a 90-day break in style as he triumphed by three-and-a-quarter lengths under Colm O'Donoghue, seeing off British raider Masaarr in fine fashion.

Pincheck, a 10-1 shot, kept on all the way to the line and Harrington now has more big-race glory in mind.

"That's brilliant to get," said Harrington. "His owners Jon and Sarah Kelly are coming over for Champions Weekend so I better find something for him. I have him entered there (Boomerang Stakes).

"He's a miler, and the reason I haven't run him all summer is because of the firm ground. He's a very big horse and probably would be all right on it now, but I'd rather keep him right.

"He's in Killarney next week but I'll give Marshall Jennings a chance there."

Meanwhile, Oisin Murphy continued what has been a season to savour in the saddle after surpassing his best yearly total with a near 162-1 four-timer at Salisbury on Thursday.

After claiming his first British Group One aboard Roaring Lion in last month's Eclipse, the 22-year-old reached another landmark when chalking up his 131st winner of the year, beating his previous best of 127.

Archie Watson has high hopes for Concello, and the daughter of Society Rock illustrated why she is held in high regard after getting the ball rolling for Murphy with a length-and-three-quarters success in the Sorvio Insurance Brokers Maiden Auction Fillies' Stakes.

The Lambourn handler said of the evens winner: "She is a lovely filly. She is still very green and raw. She ranks very highly among my fillies, as long she continue to improve."

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