VIDEO: Oisin Murphy born to win as he claims first Champion Jockey Title
Jockey Oisin Murphy is set to be crowned 2019 Champion Flat Jockey for the first time when the Championship concludes on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse this Saturday 19th October.
The 24-year-old will become the youngest Champion Flat Jockey in 13 years since Ryan Moore secured the prestigious title at the age of 23 back in 2006.
With only four days remaining until the finale of the Championship at Britain’s ultimate raceday, Murphy is currently on 166 wins for the season, 35 ahead of second-placed Daniel Tudhope and 73 clear of third-placed Jim Crowley (2016 Champion Flat Jockey) – see the latest standings here.
Murphy’s incredible tally of wins in the campaign eclipses his previous season best of 120 and is the highest total since the 208 wins recorded by Richard Hughes in his 2013 title winning season.
To mark his maiden title, Oisin Murphy: Born to Win tells the story of the 2019 Champion Flat Jockey’s journey from an aspiring young rider from Ireland to the outstanding champion of his trade.
Episode 1 is set in his hometown of Killarney, Ireland and features his Mother (Maria Culloty) who reveals the story of Oisin’s premature birth and how his famous racing uncle, Jim Culloty, led Murphy to fall in love with the sport.
Episode 2 focusses on Oisin’s move to England and Andrew Balding’s yard in Kingsclere, which didn’t get off to the best of starts. However, his hard work and determination has led him to become retained rider for Qatar Racing, and now on the verge of being crowned 2019 Champion Flat Jockey.
On being crowned Champion Flat Jockey, Murphy said: “I’ve always wanted to be Champion Jockey, although I never thought I’d be in the position I am now. Some of the trainers who have been my biggest supporters, the likes of Andrew Balding, Archie Watson, Ed Walker, and Hughie Morrison have enjoyed good seasons which has been a massive help. Sheikh Fahad encouraged me to go for it, and I’ve got a good team behind me – my agent, form adviser, driver, my family and friends who have had to put up with me. I’ve given it everything.”
On his highlights this season, Murphy said: “Deirdre’s success in the Qatar Nassau Stakes was phenomenal. It was nice to get the call-up for several big winners during the year I rode three Group 2 winners for Richard Hannon and of course Veracious for Sir Michael Stoute in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes.”
Murphy also enjoyed success with long-term partner Benbatl in the Shadwell Joel Stakes at Newmarket in September and the Lambourn-based jockey is expected renew partnerships with Deirdre and Benbatl in the QIPCO Champion Stakes and The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes respectively on QIPCO British Champions Day – the same day he will be presented with the illustrious Champion Flat Jockey trophy.
Murphy has had a total of 844 rides so far this season with a strike-rate is 20%, earning over £3.5 million in prize money. His most successful trainer partnership has been with Andrew Balding – securing 35 victories together – and his top performing racecourse has been Kempton where he has enjoyed 29 wins. In total, Murphy has secured nine UK Group victories during the campaign.
Britain’s ultimate raceday, which boasts prize-money of more than £4 million, is again packed full of quality from start to finish and Murphy will be hoping to finish of his remarkable 2019 season in style.
Ahead of QIPCO British Champions Day, he said: “It will be huge. Obviously, I don’t really know what to expect. It’s something I’ve worked towards, and I’d like to think with the help of everybody it will be like Sheikh Fahad’s and Andrew Balding’s Championship as well.”