Oisin Murphy storms to Jockey of the Month success as he nears first Champion Jockey title
Oisin Murphy has been named Jockey of the Month following an incredible tally of 39 wins in August and closes in on a maiden Champion Jockey title.
The 23-year-old scoops the prize after receiving a commanding 60% of the vote, ahead of fellow nominees Joe Fanning (23%) and Jim Crowley (17%), who finished second and third respectively.
The successful month has seen Murphy storm to 127 winners for the season – currently 19 ahead of second-placed Daniel Tudhope, and one step closer to achieving his dream of being crowned 2019 Champion Jockey at QIPCO British Champions Day on Saturday 19th October at Ascot Racecourse.
On the title-race, Murphy said: “The 39 wins in August will play a big part in me achieving my dream of becoming Champion Jockey, but there is still some way to go and I will keep giving it 100%.”
Amongst Murphy’s 39 victories was his tremendous triumph with Deirdre in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival – a race that forms part of the 2019 QIPCO British Champions Series.
A Japanese winner at #GloriousGoodwood 🇯🇵👏
Deidre wins the Qatar Nassau Stakes 🏇 pic.twitter.com/JMl2MsyCVF
— ITV Racing (@itvracing) August 1, 2019
On being named Jockey of the Month for August, the Lambourn-based jockey, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been voted Jockey of the Month – August was a fantastic for me, but credit should go to my agent who has been doing a great job in booking my rides all season. I am very grateful for everyone’s votes and support and I will keep trying my hardest to make everyone proud.”
During August, Murphy also celebrated doubles at Newmarket, Haydock, Windsor, Kempton, Chelmsford and Salisbury. He also secured an impressive victory with Threat in the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Stakes at the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival.
In winning the competition, Oisin Murphy is awarded £1,000 and a £500 charity donation of his choice.
He has selected the Pat Smullen Cancer Trials Ireland Fundraising Weekend – which takes place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September.
Former Champion Jockey, Smullen, is currently undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer. The likes of Sir Anthony McCoy and Ruby Walsh will be getting back in the saddle for the Charity and riding in the Pat Smullen Champions Race for Cancer Trials at The Curragh Racecourse during the fundraising weekend.