Jockey Oisin Murphy
Oisin Murphy first came to prominence in 2013 and he quickly came to the attention of a multitude of trainers when he was an apprentice. His skills demonstrated in the saddle for one so precocious meant his claim was worth its weight in gold in handicap races.
As a consequence, it wasn’t just your typical run of the mill handicap events during midweek racing where he was getting booked rides but also in highly recognised handicap races on National television on weekends, and there was a brief period where he was winning these races on a weekly basis.
He became apprentice champion in only his second season in 2014, further highlighting his credentials as a jockey worth monitoring. This fact was not lost by those that train within the industry as he is one of the very few claimers (at the time he was an apprentice) to be given a ride in the Derby despite not being able to claim his allowance due to the event being a group one race.
It was not long after that he was offered a contract with Qatar Racing to ride all their horses in 2016.
He fell shy of 100 winners in 2015 with 91 winners from 768 rides but he managed to put that right last year by recording his best tally to date with 114 winners from 870 rides. He is currently on target to beat that total this season should he avoid any injuries or lengthy suspensions.
He’s yet to win a group one race but that is mainly down to the type of horses he is riding rather than a lack of riding ability and it will be only a matter of time before he puts that record straight, he has to date already ridden 20 patterns winners, six of those coming in group two races.
With four seasons of riding behind him, he still has room for improvement in tactical nous in slowly run races involving small fields, but he will harness that skill with more practice and despite this, it is still a most promising start to achieve what he has at such at an early stage of his career.
He rides the all weather tracks well, especially Chelmsford City. Tracks that have a longer straight seems to suit how his runs are timed, so look out for his rides at Doncaster, Windsor and Salisbury and Chepstow.
Here are some worthwhile stats for betting purposes.
Please note records are based on a level staking plan to one Euro or Sterling per bet at SP (Industry prices).
Race Type: Handicap
Trainer: J Tuite
Bets: 85 Wins:13 Win Strike Rate: 15% P/L +65.75
Race Type: Handicap
Trainer: B Millman
Bets: 57 Wins:12 Win Strike Rate: 21% P/L +54.63
Race Type: Non-Handicap
Trainer: R Beckett
Bets: 53 Wins:13 Win Strike Rate: 25% P/L +26.11