As his title hopes slip away, top jockey turns his attentions to more G1 glory in the major autumn races – starting at Haydock on Saturday.
Holders of slots in the A$15 million (£8m) Sydney sprint have sounded out David Ward about the challenge, which is being given careful consideration.
The four-year-old colt was favourite for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes only to be scratched after heavy rain at Ascot turned the ground soft.
Godolphin jockey hit half-century at Lingfield on Monday, reaching the milestone from fewer rides than were needed in any of the three previous seasons.
Tom Marquand was first choice for the up and coming Ed Walker-trained sprinter but Murphy will have the mount as Marquand is required to ride Nahaarr.
As part of the Maktoum family entourage, Al Shaikh was present at Epsom for the triumphs of Nashwan in 1989, Erhaab (1994) and Lammtarra (1995).
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The takeaway from Saturday in Sydney – with video, quotes, reaction, plans and the best of the tweets.