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Takar: Books his place in the Irish 2000 with this win at the Curragh on Monday
Takar booked his place in the Irish 2000 Guineas field with a smooth victory in the Dylan Thomas European Breeders Fund Tetrarch Stakes at the Curragh on Monday.
Johnny Murtagh was happy to sit last aboard the 5-4 favourite for the majority of the journey and still had each of his opponents in front of him heading inside the final furlong.
But he clearly knew how much horse he had underneath him and once angled out wide, Takar soon picked up and struck the front, scoring by a cosy length and a quarter.
Coolnagree did not have the best of passages but finished off strongly to grab the runner-up spot.
Winning trainer John Oxx said: "He won well considering he's had a few setbacks. He was laid-up for a short while after his win in October and then for another three weeks in February.
"He's done well to get here but I couldn't say he lacked for fitness. I was worried about the heavy ground but I'd suppose it wasn't the toughest field.
"He's a talented fella and we'll try him at a mile now with the Irish (2000) Guineas likely to be his next run."