Murphy mulling Pride Of America plans

Amy Murphy will consider options at home and abroad for Pride Of America following his fine effort in defeat at Ayr on Saturday.

The six-year-old has enjoyed an excellent campaign, winning a handicap at Chester’s May meeting before recording the narrowest of victories in the John Smith’s Cup at York.

Having subsequently finished third in another valuable handicap at Goodwood, Pride Of America stepped up to Listed class in last weekend’s Doonside Cup and ran a tremendous race from the front before eventually being reeled in by the hot favourite Royal Rhyme.

While the Karl Burke-trained winner could be bound for the Qipco Champion Stakes, Murphy will keep her stable star’s sights a little lower in the hope of adding to his tally before the year is out.

“I was very pleased with him and delighted to get him a bit of black type. I thought he ran his heart out and we just ran into a good one,” said the Newmarket handler.

“I’d say Karl will go to the Champion Stakes with the winner, so I think our horse came out of it with plenty of credit and he’s as tough as nails – he’d run through a brick wall for you.

“Hopefully we can enjoy him for another run or two. We’ll be looking at a similar level, there’s a race for him at Newmarket in November or we’ll have a look around Europe as well.”

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