Murphy hoping for Epsom rain
John Murphy is hoping for rain at Epsom to allow Gossamer Seed to make the journey from Ireland for Friday's Princess Elizabeth Stakes.
The four-year-old took her game to a new level on her recent seasonal reappearance at the Curragh, running away with the Group Three Athasi Stakes in testing ground.
A dry spell means conditions on both sides of the Irish sea are appreciably quicker than they were at the start of the month, and that is the concern for Gossamer Seed's trainer ahead of her planned trip to England.
"We're just watching the ground for her. If the going description doesn't have the word firm in it, then hopefully we'll travel," said Murphy.
"She is a filly who just likes a bit of ease in the ground, so we'll just monitor things over the next 48 hours until declaration time and see where we are.
"It doesn't look like there's a lot of rain forecast, so that would be a bit of a concern.
"There are options at home for her if the ground at Epsom is too fast, so we'll see which way it goes."