johnny murtagh and fame and glory
johnny murtagh and fame and glory

Fame And Glory with Johnny Murtagh aboard

(Photo : Daily Mail)


While Americans look forward to a clash between two generations of unbeaten fillies, Zenyattaand Rachel Alexandra, Europeans look forward to their own battle royale, with Europe’s number one conditioner, Aidan O’Brien, relishing another crack at Sea The Stars with Fame And Glory.

His charge has twice finished runner-up to John Oxxs super star, in the Investec Derby and the Irish Champion Stakes.

However the master of Ballydoyle feels he warrants a third tilt at his rival, in an evenly-run race over a mile-and-half for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

“We are looking forward to it. Our horse has had his prep and we were very impressed with him at Leopardstown. He sat in there and for a horse who’d won an Irish Derby, we were very impressed with how he quickened up,” O’Brien told At The Races.

“There’s no doubt he has to improve but it was his first run back. He quickened up past Mastercraftsman and we were delighted with him.”

“The good thing is himself and Sea The Stars didn’t lock horns early and it could have been a gruelling race for his first run back.”

“The way it happened was lovely, Mick (Kinane) was very cool on his horse and picked him up late when Mastercraftsman just took a blow.”

“Hopefully the two of them will get to the Arc and all the questions will be answered.”