Jockey Johnny Murtagh partnered Recital
to an easy five-length victory in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I)
Nov. 13, putting an exclamation point on what may be the final group I
win in his longtime partnership with trainer Aidan O’Brien and Coolmore
Murtagh announced earlier this week that he was stepping down as the
retained jockey for the Ballydoyle yard, ending a successful three-year
run with O’Brien that saw them team up for 39 group I victories.
Recital was one of three colts in the race for O’Brien, who has now
captured the Criterium four times in the last nine years. Recital, a
son of Montjeu, entered the race off of a one-mile maiden win at Navan
Oct. 20. He was sent off as the 3-1 second choice in the field of 10,
with favoritism going to the Elie Lellouche-trained Prairie Star
, winner of the Prix de Conde (Fr-III) in his last start.