Oisin Murphy has established himself as a rising star in the sport and, aged 23, enjoyed a spectacular time in 2018 when he enjoyed no fewer than five Group 1 triumphs in the Champions Series.
He guided Roaring Lion to superb victories in the Coral-Eclipse, Juddmonte International and QIPCO-sponsored Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, plus won the Qatar Sussex Stakes, aboard Lightning Spear, and 32Red Sprint Cup, on The Tin Man.
The Eclipse was his first Group 1 triumph in Britain after a series of near-misses at the highest level, including when third on Roaring Lion in the Investec Derby the previous month.
After his Sandown triumph, achieved by a neck from Saxon Warrior, he said: “It’s a relief. I’m pleased for my family. My mum and dad will be proud as it has taken me six years [to win a Group 1 race in Britain]. This is at the top [of my achievements]. This is what I wanted to be achieving.
Murphy gained his first Champions Series win in 2014 aboard Hot Streak in the Betfred Temple Stakes at Haydock Park, when he made virtually all the running and held off the late challenge of Pearl Secret by half a length.
His finest moments have been in the colours of Qatar Racing, with Murphy having succeeded Andrea Atzeni as their No.1 jockey in 2016.
He only began riding in 2013, as an 18-year-old, when apprenticed to Andrew Balding, but instantly made a great impact, riding four winners on Scottish racing’s Ayr Gold Cup day in September, including in the feature race.
In 2019, Murphy secured a further two Series victories, firstly aboard Veracious in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes, before a memorable victory in the Qatar Nassau Stakes with Deirdre. This was the first Series win for a Japanese horse and justified faith of connections in keeping her here for the summer season.
2020 got off to the dream start for Murphy, winning the QIPCO 2000 Guineas aboard the Qatar Racing-owned Kameko. The win was a memorable one for Murphy with it being his first Classic win as well as riding for his old trainer, Andrew Balding.
He is an ambassador for the QIPCO British Champions Series and regularly contributes blogs to the website.