Murphy has to dig one more time to bounce to the top


Oisin Murphy’s decision to relinquish his license “to concentrate on my rehabilitation” pending a disciplinary hearing by the British Horseracing Authority puts an end, at least temporarily, to a career which has seen him end. rise to the top of his profession.

His first title in 2019 was the icing on the cake for the 26-year-old Irishman, who grew up in Killarney, and he has steadily collected Group 1 wins across the world.

Another sparkle was added to his resume last year with a classic debut triumph, courtesy of Kameko trained by Andrew Balding in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

The victory came under the colors of Qatar Racing where he was named number one jockey in 2016 and whose founder, Cheikh Fahad, has been a long-time ally, by his side with fervor when the headlines hit the headlines for many years. bad reasons.

Cheikh Fahad and Oisin Murphy with Roaring Lion (PA) (AP Archives)

The pair will always be indelibly linked through the exploits of Roaring Lion, who Murphy guided to four Groups One in a glorious spell in 2018.

Nephew of Best Mate rider Jim Culloty, Murphy started riding in the UK in 2013 and quickly made an impact, being crowned Apprentice Champion in 2014 – yet another Balding Academy recipient who has also produced people like William Buick, deservedly his closest pursuer in this year’s epic title race.

Her first Group 1 triumph came aboard Aclaim for Martyn Meade in the Forest Prize in 2017, and there have been many more since – including a famous Japan Cup success aboard Suave Richard in 2019, a victory Murphy described as a “dream.” to come true”.

He recorded three top triumphs in Britain in 2020, including Dream Of Dreams for Sir Michael Stoute in the Sprint Cup at Haydock.

He also mounted his 1,000th national winner at the end of October of the same year on the Perfect Sign coached by Michael Dods, in the colors of Qatar.

He then told Sky Sports Racing: “I ride for great people, and it’s really nice to get my 1000th in these colors.

“When you start out as an apprentice you hope you only have one winner – I hope I can drive 1,000 more in the future.

“I ride good horses all over the world – I am very privileged and I have to remember that.”

Big wins this year have come with bands like Alcohol Free, Buzz and Starman, while his ties to Japan paid off again, as he led underdog Marche Lorriane 50-1 to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Del Mar.

Of his explosive news Thursday, which came in the wake of an alleged violation of the Covid-19 protocol and two failed blood alcohol tests, Murphy said: “Whether I deserve it or not, there are many kind people who have told me about it. supported and I truly appreciate their Support I am deeply embarrassed and regret my actions.

It’ll be a long way back, of course – but he’s done it before, having tested positive for cocaine metabolites in France, resulting in a three-month suspension. He is sure to get all the help and support he needs from industry and his colleagues in the weigh room. Frankie Dettori, for example, has always been a huge supporter.

And as he’s shown by getting up from the ground – literally at Chelmsford after a nasty crash in the title race hours – to fend off Buick’s relentless chase at one point, he’s done the right thing.

He is also part of a new generation of jockeys who communicate well with the public, whether in television interviews or on social media, and who will be very useful to him when he returns.

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