Oisin Murphy crowned Britain’s champion jockey for second time

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Champion Oisin Murphy: the season in numbers. Graphics: Great British Racing

GB: While he is on Breeders’ Cup duty in America Oisin Murphy will be able to reflect on back-to-back champion jockey titles at home, as it is now mathematically impossible for his total of 142 wins to be overhauled.

Murphy completed his British campaign with a double aboard Kitzbuhel and Lord Of The Glen at Southwell on Tuesday [Nov 3] before flying out to the Breeders Cup.

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Going into Friday night’s card at Newcastle, Murphy’s closest pursuer William Buick was nine winners behind – but he had only eight rides left before the championship was due to end Doncaster on Saturday.

“I’m incredibly proud to have won a second champion jockey title,” said 25-year-old Murphy, who is retained by Qatar Racing.

“I’m extremely thankful for the team around me that have enabled me to do so – my agent, manager, driver, form-man, and family.

“It’s huge to win two jockeys’ championships in two years and beyond my wildest dreams,” the jockey went on. 

“I tried my absolute best to do so and thank you to everyone who has helped along the way. I’m particularly proud of my strike-rate for Andrew Balding. Sheikh Fahad allowed me to go wherever I wanted to and for that I must thank him and all the team at Qatar Racing too.”

Murphy’s total of 142 wins included his maiden Classic success on Kameko in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in June after the coronavirus-delayed start to the turf season. Kameko was the fastest Guineas winner in history.

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Kameko and Oisin Murphy winning the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. Photo: Qipco British Champions Series

Kameko’s trainer Andrew Balding, who supplied 45 of Murphy’s winners, paid tribute to the rider.

“Oisin has been an integral part of Kingsclere’s success since he joined us as an apprentice, and this year has been no different,” said the trainer.

“We have enjoyed 45 wins together this season, but the obvious one that stands out is of course Kameko’s win in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, that was such a special day for everyone involved. To also win another Group 1 in the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes with Alcohol Free was a brilliant moment for the yard.

“Oisin set out to win the champion jockey title again this year and his hard work and dedication is exactly why he has achieved that goal. He is a great person to have around the yard and we are delighted for him.”

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