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Murtagh Hopes To Be Fit To Ride Falkirk

Tuesday, 11th July 2006

In the UK, jockey Johnny Murtagh is "hopeful" he will be fit to ride Australian trainer Lee Freedman's visiting sprinter Falkirk in Friday's Gr1 Darley July Cup (6 furlongs) at Newmarket "after fracturing a bone in his left foot in a weekend fall at Wexford," reported racingpost.co.uk. Murtagh (who rode Falkirk into a fast-finishing 4th place in last month's Gr2 King's Stand Stakes in his UK debut over 5 furlongs at Royal Ascot) confirmed: "There is a slight crack to the navicular bone & my foot is in a light plaster, but it is causing me no pain & it feels better just after 2 days. I am going to see the bone specialist, so I will see what he says. I won't rush back, but hopefully I will be able to ride in the July Cup."

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