Rich pickings for Murtagh
A red-letter day for Johnny Murtagh was capped when Rich Coast turned over Brendan Brackan in the corkracecourse.ie Navigation Stakes at Cork.
Murtagh celebrated the biggest success of his training career on Royal Diamond, who won the Long Distance Cup on Champions Day at Ascot.
In his absence, Niall McCullagh was in the saddle on Rich Coast but on the form book he had it all to do against Ger Lyons' 6-5 favourite.
Colin Keane attempted to make all on Brendan Brackan but could not shake off 5-1 shot Rich Coast, who pulled a length and a quarter clear.
Murtagh's wife Orla said: "Niall rode him during the week and he went very well.
"He loves that ground and we were quietly confident today.