Under Starters Order - Oisin Murphy

Features | 9th June 2020

The hottest property in the weighing room and now a Classic winning jockey! Get to know Britain’s Champion Jockey a little better as he heads under starters orders.

Name: Oisin Murphy

Age: 25

Career highlight: Winning the Champion Flat Jockey title in 2019.

Interesting fact: Oisin is a fan of poetry, citing Sylvia Plath as his favourite poet.

As the nephew of three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winning rider Jim Culloty, Oisin was always destined for the saddle. Nevertheless, his rise to the top of the sport has been rapid.

As an 18-year-old in 2013, Oisin Murphy joined the renowned jockey academy at trainer Andrew Balding’s yard. He was quick to make an impression after being granted his first handful of rides in public, landing four winners on Ayr Gold Cup day in September of that year. He won his first Group race the following May and by October 2014 had been crowned Champion Apprentice Jockey.

In 2016, Oisin was headhunted by the powerful Qatar Racing, and was employed on a retainer contract. He has never looked back.

Oisin enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2018, riding no fewer than nine Group 1 triumphs including four on Qatar Racing’s European Horse of the Year, Roaring Lion.

Oisin has spent his fair share of time learning from his international counterparts over the British winters. He spent the 2013/2014 winter in Australia and, more recently, has established close ties with trainers and owners in Japan, where he has ridden over the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 winters. He has also enjoyed stints riding in Hong Kong.

When Oisin won the title of Champion Jockey in 2019 with a huge 168 winners for the season, he became the youngest jockey since Ryan Moore to lift the prestigious trophy. Oisin then defended his Champion Flat Jockey title with 142 winners holding off William Buick who was only nine away.

The top jockey has over 1,000 winners in his career to date.