Oisin Murphy seeks to complete dream season with another landmark success
18 Oct 2018
QIPCO British Champions Series ambassador bids to end a memorable season on a high
Oisin Murphy will bid to cap his fantastic season with a first success on QIPCO British Champions Day.
The 23-year-old has ridden eight Group 1 winners all over the world this year – including in four QIPCO British Champions Series races – and has finished runner-up to Silvestre de Sousa in the Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship.
Murphy has three superb rides on the day in the shape of Roaring Lion (QIPCO-sponsored Queen Elizabeth II Stakes), The Tin Man (QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes) and South Seas (QIPCO-sponsored Balmoral Handicap).
Murphy and Roaring Lion have combined to win the Betfred Dante Stakes, Coral-Eclipse, Juddmonte International and QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes this summer and it is little wonder he holds the three-year-old grey in great esteem.
“He’s an exceptional horse and every time I ride him I need to keep that in mind. Horses like him are so hard to get your hands on and he will have no trouble coming back in trip,” Murphy said.
“If you roll back the clock to the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, clearly he’s proven now that he’s a much better horse than Saxon Warrior. If you could run the Guineas again tomorrow morning, at the stage he is now, I think he would win. He’s a different horse now to what he was in May.
“At the races he’s brilliant and very relaxed about the whole thing, but going to post you need to switch him on by giving him a proper canter, otherwise he’s not focused and he would think he’s just there for a day out.”
Murphy guided The Tin Man to victory in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock last month and will be reunited with him in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes.
“I learnt a fair bit about him at Haydock, where he was very impressive,” he said. “He was sleepy going to post – like Roaring Lion, not switched on – but if you light him up then he takes off.
“I lit him up a bit early and he did well to fend them off. In hindsight, I should have waited a little bit longer on him. I’d be a bit more confident this time. I’d never ridden him and you can watch as many replays as you like, but he can take off and at Ascot, over a stiffer six, I’ll have to bare that in mind. He deserves to be favourite and goes there with a great chance.”