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Create Belief team eye Newmarket and ParisLongchamp options

Create Belief has two possible options as connections look to end a dream season on a high.

The Johnny Murtagh-trained filly was bought by the RacehorseClub syndicate and became a fairytale first Royal Ascot winner for members in the Sandringham.

She has since landed a Group Three at Leopardstown and was set to step up to Group One company in the Matron Stakes before Murtagh felt the ground had turned too fast.

Her options now are either the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket or the Prix de la Foret at ParisLongchamp.

“Create Belief missed the Matron as Johnny felt the ground was too quick,” said RacehorseClub ambassador Freddy Tylicki.

“She’s very progressive and has done nothing wrong so far this year, going from strength to strength.

“When she won her maiden well, she then stepped up to 10 furlongs and Listed company, but that was just a little too soon.

“Johnny decided to bring her back in trip and run her in a handicap at the Curragh, which she won and then she won at Ascot.”

He went on: “Last time she won the Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown and she won that cosily. She looked a high calibre filly who is improving all the time – she’s very exciting.

“As for her next race, there’s the Sun Chariot or the Foret on Arc weekend – the ground is very important to her. They are the two main options.

“Johnny will pick the right race, he just doesn’t want to jar her up as she’s got a bit of a knee action.

“I don’t think coming back to seven would be a worry. It would be the first time she’d run over it, but she’s got early speed and switches off well. Seven on softish ground wouldn’t be an issue for her.”

RacehorseClub dreaming big with Create Belief and The Lir Jet

Create Belief spearheads what could be a dream weekend for the RacehorseClub ownership group when she lines up on Longines Irish Champions Weekend.

Not only does the Royal Ascot winner hold serious claims of gaining her first Group One win in the Coolmore America ‘Justify’ Matron Stakes at Leopardstown, but The Lir Jet, now trained in America, runs in a $600,000 race at Kentucky Downs.

Create Belief has been brought along superbly by Johnny Murtagh, who broke his Group One duck in the Matron 12 months ago with a similar type in Champers Elysees.

“We always liked her. She finished third on her only run at two when she was a bit backward, but she was always going to be better this year and won her maiden in April,” said Murtagh.

“Since then she has just improved out of all recognition, but she always had the size and scope to do that. I think she’s between 15-20 kilos heavier now than she was in April, which is a good sign as it shows they are improving and strengthening up all the time.”

For the RacehorseClub, which offers microshares to its members, it has been something of a dream start, with Balko Des Flos going agonisingly close in the Grand National and Create Belief already winning at Royal Ascot – and now she is now competing at the top level.

“When you look through the racecard on a Group One day not many syndicates have runners in them, let alone have a fancied runner in one of the biggest races on Irish Champions Weekend,” said Murtagh.

“It’s great for everybody to be involved in that kind of race and it happened last year for us with the Fitzwilliam syndicate who owned Champers Elysees at the time. She went and won it so let’s hope history can repeat itself.”

Ben Coen celebrates winning the Sandringham Stakes with Create Belief
Ben Coen celebrates winning the Sandringham Stakes with Create Belief (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Murtagh went on: “For the members of the RacehorseClub, if they can get to enjoy the feeling of winning a Group One it would be fantastic.

“We haven’t been able to have many of the members visit, or owners in general, though it is opening up now. There are 4,000 (spectators) allowed (at Leopardstown) this weekend and hopefully after that things can begin to open up. It will be great to see a few of the members this weekend and there’s a stable visit organised for later in the month.

“Hopefully we’ll have a good end to the season with this filly.

“All our best horses run this weekend and we’re pretty excited about it, but everybody else has their best horses running this weekend so it’s going to be tough.”

The Lir Jet won the Norfolk Stakes at Ascot last year, beating Wesley Ward’s Golden Pal, so plenty of Americans are aware of him already.

The Lir Jet (left) beating Golden Pal in the 2020 Norfolk Stakes
The Lir Jet (left) beating Golden Pal in the 2020 Norfolk Stakes (Julian Finney/PA)

He has left Michael Bell, been gelded and sent to Kentucky-based Brendan Walsh, who brought Extravagant Kid over to be third in the King’s Stand this year.

“The day he beat Golden Pal at Ascot it raised a few eyebrows over here. It bodes very well over here that he’s beaten a horse as good as that,” said Cork native Walsh of The Lir Jet.

“I’d obviously seen the horse before he came here, he’d had his excuses lately with the ground and whatnot and I think he’ll do really well as he looks to have the right credentials.

“The race he’s running in this weekend we won last season with Guildsman (ex Archie Watson) and on paper he’d be every bit as good as him.”

He went on: “We’re hopeful he’ll make the Breeders’ Cup later in the year, but we’ll see how things go this weekend. It would be good to have the option of stretching out to a mile, but this seems a nice distance on Sunday (six and a half furlongs) and this would be a stiffer track than most in the US.

“It helps that he’s been here before (seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf) and there’s plenty to build on.”

As for the RacehorseClub, the microshare idea is more established in the States and has enjoyed great success.

“There are an awful lot of partnerships here now, especially around the better horses. Even the bigger owners are doing it, spreading themselves over more horses,” said Walsh.

“This one is very interesting, it’s a bit like the MyRacehorse syndicate (who owned Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Authentic). It attracts people into the game which is what we all need, getting people involved for smaller amounts of money.

“The start this club have had is amazing and it gives people great insight as to what is involved – it can only be good.”

Create Belief steps up in style at Leopardstown

Create Belief graduated to Pattern-race company in style with victory in the Group Three Invesco Pension Consultants Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown.

Winner of the Sandringham Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Johnny Murtagh-trained filly has progressed at a rate of knots this season.

Standing in for the suspended Ben Coen, Shane Kelly had her sat close to the pace set by Charterhouse in the mile affair and when asked inside the final furlong the daughter of Awtaad showed a serious turn of foot, shooting clear.

Georgeville closed on the 5-6 favourite at the line, but the race was won by then, with half a length the official margin.

Murtagh said: “She came out of Ascot really well. This is a big step up and you want to see can she run to 110 (rating).

“There wasn’t much pace in the race, she was a little bit wide all the way, but Shane said he rode her like the best filly in the race.

“He said she quickened up and put the race to bed and then idled a little bit. When she gets to the front she thinks she has enough done, but I’m delighted with that.

“I’ll speak to Sheikh Fahad and the team. She’s in the Matron (Stakes, Irish Champions Weekend) and it looks the obvious next step for her.”

He added: “People are talking about the ground for her, but if she couldn’t go on that ground today we were in trouble. It’s on the slow side of good.

Celebration time for connections of Create Belief
Celebration time for connections of Create Belief (PA)

“She does handle extreme ground well when other horses don’t, but he said she felt very comfortable on that ground today.

“I’m absolutely delighted for Shane. He came to me earlier this year and said where do I fit in? I said you’re second jockey and Ben is first.

“Ben is suspended so these are pressure rides for Shane, but I have faith in him. He’s been around a long time now. He’s served his time, works very hard in the yard and he’s never let me down once. He knows the horses well and he’s solid.”

Ryan Moore returns victorious aboard Interpretation
Ryan Moore returns victorious aboard Interpretation (PA)

Interpretation is another horse going the right way and he made it three in a row for the campaign with a gutsy success in the Listed Vinnie Roe Stakes.

Aidan O’Brien’s Galileo colt led from the start, closely attended throughout by Fernando Vichi.

The latter really pushed the even-money favourite and at one stage looked like he might get on top, but Ryan Moore’s mount found more and prevailed by a length and three-quarters over the St Leger trip of a mile and three-quarters.

Moore said: “He has a super attitude and is very uncomplicated. He keeps galloping but he would have been very comfortable even coming back in trip today.

“That was the slowest ground he’s ran on this year, but he handled it well.”

Limiti Di Greccio made a winning start for Paddy Twomey in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

Sent off at 7-2, the daughter of Elzaam had shown promise in two runs for John Kinsella and looks to have a bright future.

Twomey said: “I’m delighted she won and it’s very unlike me to run one only having her such a short time, but she’s an absolute credit to Johnny Kinsella who trained her before.

“She never missed a beat and did everything right since she came into our place. He gave me great confidence the day I collected her that this would happen.

“I hope she is going to be a stakes filly going forward and I decided that if she was going to be that she would have to come here and win today.

“She’s out of Galileo mare and she should get a mile in time. I’d imagine she will come back here for the Ingabelle on Champions Weekend and I will be getting to know her between now and then.”

Limiti Di Greccio could meet Tut Tut in the Listed Ingabelle Stakes after the Jessica Harrington-trained filly took the Irish EBF Auction Series Maiden.

Assistant trainer Kate Harrington said of the 5-2 winner: “We might come back here on Champions Weekend. The same syndicate won it before (in 2018) with Sparkle’n’joy.

“The syndicate have some nice horses this year and hopefully will have a bit of fun with them.”

Create Belief goes for Group Three honours at Leopardstown

Royal Ascot heroine Create Belief tests Group-race waters for the first time in the Invesco Pension Consultants Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown.

Johnny Murtagh’s filly claimed her third victory from four starts this season with a dominant display in the Sandringham Stakes at the showpiece meeting in June.

The daughter of Awtaad faces a step up in class for Thursday’s Group Three feature, but Murtagh is relishing the challenge.

He said: “She’s in good form. We’ve just been waiting for the ground and we’re looking to getting her out now.

“We’ll see how she copes with Group company. She’s rated 110 now, so she has to go into this sort of league and we’ll find out if she’s up to it.

“The ground in Leopardstown is on the easy side and there’s plenty of rain around, so let’s hope the rain comes.”

Create Belief is the highest-rated of nine runners declared for the one-mile contest.

Military Style winning at Leopardstown last season
Military Style winning at Leopardstown last season (Brian Lawless/PA)

Course winner Military Style is an interesting contender for Aidan O’Brien on what is his first competitive appearance since finishing down the field in the Group One National Stakes at the Curragh in September.

The Jessica Harrington-trained Real Appeal bids for back-to-back Group Three wins at Leopardstown after landing the Ballycorus Stakes in June, but must concede weight all round.

Jim Bolger’s Flying Visit and Neptune Rock from Joseph O’Brien’s yard also feature.

Create Belief first Royal Ascot winner for Johnny Murtagh as trainer

Johnny Murtagh celebrated his first winner as a trainer at Royal Ascot when Create Belief turned the Sandringham Stakes into a rout.

Murtagh enjoyed many memorable days in the saddle at the meeting – but very few will have given him as much satisfaction as this victory.

Well-backed when the torrential rain hit overnight, Create Belief was sent off a 6-1 chance in a field that saw nine non-runners due to the worsening conditions.

Ridden by Ben Coen – another to be celebrating a first Royal Ascot winner – Create Belief put the race to bed a long way out.

She cruised into the lead with a furlong and a half to run and despite being put up 10lb for a win in a big handicap at the Curragh last time out, she sprinted clear.

Sir Michael Stoute’s 5-1 favourite Samoot was the only filly to give any sort of chase, but she had no answer and was beaten five and a half lengths. Messidor was third, with She Do fourth.

Coen sported the colours of the RacehorseClub, who were second in the Grand National with Balko Des Flos.

The rider said: “It’s a huge win and a great feeling to be part of it. She travelled so easily and loved the ground. You can ride her any way you want, she’s such an uncomplicated filly.

“I couldn’t ask for a better mentor than Johnny. It’s my first time here and it’s a big help having someone like him behind me.”

Create Belief is set to step up in class now
Create Belief is set to step up in class now (Steven Paston/PA)

Murtagh was delighted to secure his inaugural winner at the showpiece fixture and said: “It feels extremely special. It’s a dream come true. I’m very proud of my family and team. It’s much tougher this training game as you are with them all the time. But the staff have put in so much hard work.

“Royal Ascot is the best week of the year, it’s very special, it’s magical and to come back and train a winner now after all those successes as a jockey, I’m just absolutely thrilled.

“It was not ideal for my filly with an 8lb penalty, but when the rain came it really helped her chances.

“She’s progressing and hopefully she can keep going now. She’s on the up and hopefully she can go on now and be competitive in Group races.

“We always thought she was a stakes filly in the making and she has been working well, so it wasn’t a surprise, maybe how easy she won, but I wasn’t surprised she won today.”

Quickthorn was a comfortable winner of the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes
Quickthorn was a comfortable winner of the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (David Davies/PA)

Oisin Murphy secured his second win of the day, and his fourth at the meeting, as 7-2 favourite Quickthorn relished the conditions in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes.

Murphy settled on the heels of the pacesetting Zabeel Champion and was perfectly placed to make his challenge as the field turned for home.

Hollie Doyle shot up the inside rail on last year’s victor Scarlet Dragon, while Raymond Tusk and Mirann tried to take a hand in the finish, but Murphy had plenty up his sleeve on the Hughie Morrison-trained Quickthorn, who stretched clear in the final furlong.

Raymond Tusk was a length and a half back in second, with the gutsy Zabeel Champion beaten three-quarters of a length in third.

Morrison said: “I’m so relieved the meeting was on.

“This horse didn’t come to hand quickly – he was leggy and weak and came back a bit sore last year. But when he did a bit of work with a filly called Urban Artist and then she came second in a Group Three, my spirits soared.

“We’ve won this four times now. It’s our sort of race.”

Significantly (red silks, centre right) on his way to winning the Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes
Significantly (red silks, centre right) on his way to winning the Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes (David Davies/PA)

Clifford Lee rode his first Royal Ascot winner as the Karl Burke-trained Significantly just held on in the closing Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes.

Sent off a 10-1 shot, Significantly had posted an eyecatching piece of form last time in finishing second to Dragon Symbol, who was first past the post in the Commonwealth Cup before being demoted to second earlier in the afternoon.

Lee set sail for home with a couple of furlongs to run on Significantly and although he tired at the finish in the heavy ground, he fended off the late burst of Boomshalaa.

Burke said: “It’s been the plan for a while and to be fair it was Jeff Laughton’s (co-owner) plan. He hatched it after we were second to Dragon Symbol at Hamilton.

“We thought then we would come here off a mark of 92. He’s a 100-plus horse all day long for me. He’s always been a good work horse, but he’s just been a bit frustrating. We’ve learnt how to ride him now and he’s better off rolling along.

“I’m delighted for Clifford to get his first Royal Ascot winner. He’s in the yard six or even seven days a week and works hard. He’s very strong and powerful in a finish.”

Curragh beckons for Royal Ascot hopeful Create Belief

Johnny Murtagh’s Create Belief will bid for a return to winning ways at the Curragh this weekend – en route to Royal Ascot.

The three-year-old was successful on her seasonal debut in a maiden at Gowran early last month, before being stepped up in both trip and distance for Navan’s Listed Salsabil Stakes.

Create Belief managed only 10th there, but Murtagh is confident Saturday’s drop back to a mile for the Betway Spring Fillies Handicap will suit better for the filly owned by micro-share syndicate RacehorseClub.

“She came out of her last run very well,” said Murtagh.

“We feel she didn’t stay the distance of one mile and two furlongs, so we are dropping her back to a mile this weekend.

“She worked up the grass this morning – we’re very happy with her.

“She did a nice piece of work last Friday – so she’s fit, she’s well and she’s ready to go.”

Beyond this weekend, Murtagh has a trip to England pencilled in for Create Belief next month in the Sandringham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

“We always had a plan of going to Royal Ascot with her,” said the Kildare trainer.

“Hopefully this weekend will go well, and the mile fillies’ handicap Listed race (the Sandringham Stakes) will remain our target.”

Create Belief is one of four horses in whom shares are available via RacehorseClub – with Grand National runner-up Balko Des Flos, Welsh National winner Potters Corner and Commonwealth Cup hopeful The Lir Jet also partly owned by the syndicate.

“We’re all very excited, and I’m sure there’s a lot of people involved who will get a great kick out of it,” Murtagh said of the venture.

“The more people we can get involved in racing, to get bitten by the bug, the better.

“This opens up avenues for a lot of people who might never own a racehorse on their own.

“They should have a good experience, but you can’t beat winners – a winner is always a good way to get them more involved!”

Murtagh will also be running Cazoo Derby hope Earlswood at the Curragh on Sunday, with the Glyn Davies-owned colt due to line up in the Group Three Gallinule Stakes.

“We have still left Earlswood in the Cazoo Derby,” he said.

“He is going to run at the Curragh on the weekend – and if he comes out of that well and if everything goes well, we might take our chance in the Cazoo Derby.

“It’s a big race, the owner is keen, I’m keen – and we think he’s a nice, solid and progressive horse.

“He’s mature for a three-year-old, and we think he’ll handle Epsom.”