Murtagh’s delight with Duchess

Duchess Andorra landed a late gamble when ploughing through the mud to land the Group Three fillies' race at Gowran Park.

Johnny Murtagh: Took the Group Three feature at Gowran Park.

Trained by Johnny Murtagh for Finsceal Beo's owner Michael Ryan, the five-year-old daughter had repeatedly come up short at this level this season and came into the contest still looking for a first win of the season.

But nibbled at in the final minutes before the off down from 33/1 to 16/1, she stuck her head out tenaciously to claim some valuable black type.

Having raced on the front end throughout, Colin Keane's mount displayed admirable courage in the testing conditions to fight off the majority of her rivals in the straight.

Laganore came from out of the pack to throw down a major challenge inside the final furlong and the pair flashed by the post almost as one, but the judge called Duchess Andorra the winner by a short head.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Intimation more than justified the journey and was finished close-up in third having held every chance at the furlong-pole, with the other British raider, Marco Botti's Aljazzi, fourth.

Discipline was the 5/2 favourite on her first start since winning the Naas Oaks Trial in June, but proved bitterly disappointing and finished well down the field.

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